Skip to comments.‘It Takes Two’ Hitmaker DJ E-Z Rock Dead At 46
Posted on 04/28/2014 4:22:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Round-the-way rapper DJ E-Z Rock (pictured), whose 1988 monster hit It Takes Two that he collaborated with hip-hop pioneer Rob Base (pictured below left) on, reportedly passed away on Sunday at the age 46 from undisclosed causes, according to Rolling Stone.
DJ E-Z Rock, whose actual name was Rodney Bryce, grew up in Harlem, N.Y., and always had aspirations to become a successful rapper. Base and Rock, who were friends since the 4th grade, decided to try their hand at the rap game together, so in 1986, the pair released their first single, DJ Interview, which didnt wow the hip-hop masses.
Two years later, however, Rock and Base collaborated with recording producer Teddy Riley. The trio struck platinum history when Rock and Base rapped and sampled music from the Lyn Collins 1972 hit Think (About It) for It Takes Two. The musical collaboration between the men and the song pick resulted in an iconic sound that quickly shot up the charts and has remained a hip-hop culture staple to this very day.
Listen to It Takes Two here:
The dynamic duo also pumped out a few other hit singles that have remained requested favorites throughout the years: Joy and Pain and Get on the Dance Floor.
After making a splash on the hip-hop scene as a duo, the men temporarily parted to pursue individual projects but would reunite in 1994 for Bases Break of Dawn album.
Rocks untimely death has sent the hip-hop community into a tailspin as many artists took to social media to pay their respects such as rapper Biz Markie who tweeted:
R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED."
These people just seem to sort of blow up.
One of the all time club songs.
I wanna rock right now. I’m Rob Base and I came to get down.
DJ Rashad died last week at age 35.
“It Takes Two” is truly a classic. You don’t have to like rap to enjoy it.
Catchy tune with the orgasmic girl loop. RIP
Great Dance song from my teenage years.. RIP Eazy Rock!
James Brown is now spinning in his solid-gold grave.
Argh yeah, argh yeah, argh yeah, rip
Like a Sex Machine, LOL, my bad.
I’m not internationally known, but I’m known to rock a microphone...
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