Malik B.

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Malik B.
Malik B. (left) with Arnell (center) and Vinnie Paz (right), 2014.
Malik B. (left) with Arnell (center) and Vinnie Paz (right), 2014.
Background information
Birth nameMalik Abdul Basit
Also known asM-illitant
Born(1972-11-14)November 14, 1972
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
DiedJuly 29, 2020(2020-07-29) (aged 47)
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1987–2020
  • F.D.M.E
  • Enemy Soil
Associated acts

Malik Abdul Basit (November 14, 1972 – July 29, 2020), who performed under the name Malik B., was an American rapper and singer who was a founding member of the Roots.[1][2] 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.


On the Roots' seventh studio album, Game Theory, released in August 2006, Malik B returned to the group,[3] appearing on three tracks, including the title "Game Theory" (track 3, listed as 116 on North American releases), "In The Music" (track 5, listed as 118 on North American releases), and "Here I Come" (track 8, listed as 121 on North American releases). The nature of his relationship with the group was indicated by the fact that his tracks were billed as "featuring Malik B". In the liner notes, the Roots thanked Malik B, adding the statement: "Welcome Home". Malik B was also featured on two tracks on the Roots' 2008 album Rising Down, "I Can't Help It" and "Lost Desire".

Malik B, along with the rest of the Roots, was featured on MC Solaar's 1994 album Prose Combat.

Malik B's last work before his death included a collaboration album with New York-based producer Mr. Green,[4] and being a featured member of the Philadelphia rap collective Beard Gang which includes fellow Philadelphia artist Freeway.[5]


Basit died on July 29, 2020 at the age of 47. His cause of death has yet to be released.[6]




  • Psychological EP (2006), F.D.M.E.[9]


  1. ^ Davis, Kimberly (2003) "The Roots Redefine Hip-Hop's Past", Ebony, June 2003, p. 162
  2. ^ Shapiro, Peter (2005) The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8, p. 323
  3. ^ Golianopoulos, Thomas (2006) "The Roots Game Theory", Vibe, September 2006, p. 211-2
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ Eustice, Kyle (July 29, 2020). "The Roots' Original Member Malik B Has Died". HipHopDX. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (July 29, 2020). "Malik B., founding member of The Roots, dead at 47". CNN. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. ^ "NEW MALIK B & MR. GREEN "UNPREDICTABLE" ALBUM COMING FEB. 24, 2015 ON ENEMY SOIL". 4 December 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  8. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2008-05-23.
  9. ^ ♫ Psychological - Malik B. Listen @cdbaby, retrieved 2016-12-22