Philadelphia rapper Malik B, a founding member of The Roots, had passed away at the age of 47.
Malik’s cousin, former CBS News correspondent Don Champion as well as Reef The Lost Cauz — a close friend and collaborator — confirmed the news on Twitter.
Mourning my beloved cousin today. He was so talented and had a huge heart. I still remember when he and The Roots were starting out. He'd give me and my dad their cassette tapes to listen to. I miss you already, Mailk. #RIP ?? https://t.co/UMQeXJsWmf
— Don Champion (@DonChampionTV) July 29, 2020
Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Malik B, 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.
— Reef The Lost Cauze (@LostCauze) July 29, 2020