Founding Member of Legendary Hip-Hop Group, The Roots, Dies at 47

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Rapper Malik B, a founding member of the legendary hip hop group and band, The Roots, has died at age 47.

Born Malik Abdul Basit in 1972, Malik was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was added to The Roots in the Nineties, joining founding members Questlove and Black Thought. The group went on to become one of the most beloved groups in all of hip-hop, opening for bands across the glob while sill landing as the house band for Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

The band announced the news of Malik’s passing in an Instagram post.