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Malik Abdul Basit-Smart is a hip-hop artist associated with The Roots from their founding to their 2000-2001 tour. He has released one EP, entitled Psychological on emcee Haak Blast's publishing company "Future Blast Publishing". Malik B aka Malik Blunt, is a rapper who appeared on the first three albums released by The Roots.

On The Roots' album Phrenology, Black Thought dedicated a song to Malik B entitled "Water." The song details how Thought and Malik B met one another and eventually became essential in the development of the Roots. Thought's intentions were to make Malik aware of his potential talent, and to encourage Malik B to stop using damaging drugs and to rededicate his career to hip-hop.

On The Roots' seventh studio album, Game Theory, released in August 2006, Malik B appeared on three tracks, including the title "Game Theory" (track 3, listed as 116 on North American releases), "In The Music" (track 5, listed as 118 on North American releases), and "Here I Come" (track 8, listed as 121 on North American releases). The nature of his relationship with the group was indicated by the fact that his tracks were billed as "featuring Malik B". In the liner notes, The Roots thanked Malik B, adding the statement: "Welcome Home." Malik B is also featured on two of the tracks on The Roots' 2008 album Rising Down, "I Can't Help It" and "Lost Desire".

Malik B was featured on MC Solaar's 1994 album "Prose Combat" in a smashing duet with the French/Senegalese rapper. He has also released several solo material.

Malik B also released a solo project entitled "Street Assault" which was created by Malik B and F.D.M.E's Emcee Haak Blast to start a buzz for Malik B's solo recordings. However, it became bigger than expected! Because of "Street Assault and the Psychological EP", Malik B has been featuring on The Roots albums since Game Theory.




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