24. "Damn Rest In Power To Malik Abdul Basit AKA Malik B. AKA M-Illatant" In response to Reply # 0
Damn damn damn, 2020 is claiming way too many musical lives mayne, that shit needs to stop; I can't believe that Malik B. is gone, I was so hoping for him & The Roots to link back up and do another album with him featured on a few songs, damn.
The Roots are so important to me, as a music fan but also as a person. The bands brand of nerdery, tinged with sophistication and streetness matched the version of myself that I wanted to be as a young man.
Malik was a key part of that. He seemed to reveal more of himself and his inner world than Thought. At times I didn't connect but on songs like The Spark, his words soothed me in the way that the presence of someone with a shared outlook on life soothes.
May he rest in peace and his family find support in their grief.
32. "RIP. Legit bummed out " In response to Reply # 0
Never forget my reaction to hearing Malik come in on Game Theory. That’s been one of those “remember exactly where I was and how I felt” moments ever since.
Do You Want More, Illadelph, and TFA is a flawless run of albums to me(as good as any 3 album run as any) and Malik was a HUGE part of that. The Roots had two elite MCs back then, and they complimented each other perfectly.
Best wishes and prayers to his family and may his soul find peace in the afterlife.