No cause of death was released. Take Malik B. Basit, who performed under the name (Malik B.), was a member of the Philadelphia band from its inception to around 1999. At that time, he was due to the tension in the song “Water” from the “Root” album “Phrenology” And leave. This song is written by Tariq’s “Black Thought” Trotter and tells the battle of Basit’s addiction. Basit continued to produce solo works, and a few years after leaving him, he also appeared in several songs on the Roots album.