"With a heavy heart and tears in our eyes, we have to inform you about the death of our beloved brother and longtime member" – with these words the US band The Roots announced the death of their longtime member Malik B. on their official Instagram page. The hip-hop musicians did not comment on the cause of death.
Questlove and Black Thought founded The Roots in Philadelphia in the late 1980s. Malik B. came a short time later. With a mix of hip-hop, rap and jazz, which they called "organic hip-hop", they became increasingly popular. The breakthrough came with the album "Illadelph Halflife", for "You Got Me" (feat. Erykah Badu and Eve) they won a Grammy. Malik B. left the band for personal reasons, but continued to record music with the group.
"He will be remembered for his devotion to Islam, his loving companionship and his creativity as one of the most talented MCs of all time," the band wrote on Instagram under a photo of the musician. Malik B. was 47 years old.