Malik B Wiki – Biography
Malik B was an American rapper and singer who was a founding member of The Roots. He appeared on the first four albums released by The Roots, before departing the group. He returned as a featured artist for some later albums. He released one EP, entitled Psychological, on emcee Haak Blast’s publishing company Future Blast Publishing. He also released two studio albums, Street Assault (2005) and Unpredictable (2015) with Mr. Green.
Malik B., a native of Philadelphia, left The Roots in 1999. Malik B. had performed on the band’s first four albums. He would return to the group as a session rapper. Malik B. appeared on the band’s 2006 album Game Theory on three songs and on the 2008 album Rising Down, on the songs “I Can’t Help It” and “Lost Desire.”
Rapper Jakk Frost said in a Facebook post that Malik B. had “lived a rough life battling addiction.” Frost added, “Ask Allah to forgive his sins and give him a comfortable grave amen.” Frost said that he and Malik B. were both Muslims and that the prayed together. Prior to the release of Unpredictable, Hip-Hop DX noted that Malik B. had performed with the group The Beard Gang alongside Frost and fellow Philadelphia rapper Freeway.
Malik B.’s reason for leaving The Roots has not been confirmed. According to the Genius.com page for The Roots song “Water,” the track makes reference to Malik B. leaving the group. The description of the song reads in part, ““Water” is basically an open letter from Black Thought to Malik B.” The description goes on to say that it was an attempt to explain how “such a talented guy could get caught up in the drug temptations of South Philly.” In the song, Malik B. is referred to by the nickname “Slacks.”
Writer Aaron Ellis wrote about Malik’s departure from The Roots in May 2012 in response to a question on Quora. Ellis listed four possible reasons for the rapper’s departure. They were, “Creative differences,” “Touring,” “Drug abuse” and “Legal Issues.” Ellis said that Malik B. was jailed in 2000 for forgery and was returned to prison due to a parole violation “shortly after his release.” Ellis also wrote that Malik B. became homesick after The Roots attained international stardom and preferred to stay closer to home.
Malik B Age
Malik B was 47 years old. He was born on November 14, 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on July 29, 2020.
Released 2 Solo Albums
Following his departure from The Roots, Malik released two solo albums, the first in 2006 was titled Psychological. That was followed in 2015 with Unpredictable. A review on Rap Review of Unpredictable remarks on Malik sounding “rabid” at the time as using the album to share “some passionate grievances of his.” The review also said that presence feels completely natural” and “less excessive” than other rappers.
Thanks to his work with The Roots, Malik has been credited on the soundtracks of high profile movies such as Superbad, Hancock, and Zoolander 2, according to his IMDb page.
Malik has been inactive on his official Facebook page since April 2019. He describes himself on that page as “a hip-hop artist who was a member of The Roots from the early 1990s to their 2000-2001 tour.” Malik has been silent on his Twitter page since July 2013.
The Fader magazine’s Abbey Goodman once described Malik B. as speaking in an accent that sounded “vaguely Apu from The Simpsons/vaguely Eastern European.” Goodman said that Malik B. said during an interview that his name translated from Arabic to English meant “God, like King or “keeper of Hell” as it depended on the pronunciation.
Cause of Death
He died on July 29, 2020, at the age of 47, Malik’s cause of death has not been made public. The rapper’s real name was Malik Abdul Basit.
A statement on The Roots’ official Instagram page read, “It is with heavy hearts and tearful eyes that we regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Basit. May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam, His loving brotherhood, and His innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you please respect his family and extended family in our time of mourning such a great loss.”
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Malik’s death was confirmed in a tweet from his collaborator Mr. Green who tweeted on July 29, “rip to the great Malik, this one hurts.” Malik and Mr. Green collaborated on the 2015 album, Unpredictable.
Another Philadelphia rapper Reef the Lost Cauze tweeted about Malik B.’s passing, “Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Malik, one of the greatest MC’s to ever come from this city. He had his troubles for sure, but dude inspired a whole generation of us to touch the mic. Myself included. May he rest peacefully.”
Malik’s former bandmate Black Thought wrote a lengthy tribute to the late rapper in an Instagram post that read in part, “Your steel sharpened my steel as I watched you create cadences from the ether and set them free into the universe to become poetic law, making the English language your bitch.”
Malik’s net worth is unclear.