On July 29 The Roots took to Twitter to announce the death of one of the founding members of the group, Malik Abdul Baset. Baset has passed at age 47.
Original Roots members, Ahmir “Questlove" Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter shared, “We regretfully inform you of the passing of our beloved brother and long time Roots member Malik Abdul Baset. May he be remembered for his devotion to Islam and innovation as one of the most gifted MCs of all time. We ask that you please respect his family in our time of mourning.”
The Roots came together in Philadelphia in 1987 when both Thompson and Trotter met at a performing arts high school. Baset, who hailed from South Philadelphia later connected with Questlove and Black Thought during the days in which the duo used to do street performances and busking.