“The anticipation arose as time froze I stared off the stage with my eyes closed and dove” is one of my favorite lyrics from The Roots Act Too single in 1999. 

And isn’t that true? How an American Band formed in 1987 brought true musicians to a growing genre. 

Time froze and they dared to be different, jumping right in. Before serving as the house band on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Roots transformed Hip-Hop. 

Known for a jazzy and eclectic approach to hip-hop featuring live musical instruments and the group’s work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. 

Today we mourn the passing of one it’s founding members, Malik Abdul Basit. 

As the Rolling Stones eloquently said, “Malik B Was the Quiet Heart of the Roots in the Nineties”

Malik B was the grounding force in the group and even after his departure prior to 2002’s Phrenology album, prominent member Black Thought dedicated the song “Water” to Malik.

The Roots have been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2018. That’s a merited resting place for Malik B.

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