DJ E-Z Rock (“It Takes Two” Hit-Maker) Dies

You can’t call yourself an ’80s’ Baby (or Child of the ’90s) until you’ve cut up the dance floor to emcee Rob Base’s rap classic, “It Takes Two.”

The crossover hit skyrocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Pop Chart in 1988 and found a place in history as a dance anthem/party starter/line dance backdrop. Depending on the occasion. The track continues to get regular spins well past its initial heyday.

Rob had a little help on the tune. Well, a lot of help.

Base was backed on the track by childhood chum, Rodney “Skip” Bryce. You may know him as DJ E-Z Rock. After releasing a critically-panned, commercially-unsuccessful disc in 1986, the duo teamed up and built their signature hit from a sample of Lyn Collins’ ’70s soul smash, “Think About It.”

Base and Rock’s sophomore LP, aptly-titled It Takes Two, yielded the pair one other big hit — “Joy and Pain” — and would eventually be certified platinum. Long-lasting success in the music bidness, however, was not in the cards for Rob and E-Z. Their nearly lifelong friendship, on the other hand, endured until the day the DJ passed away.

Base revealed the news of DJ E-Z Rock’s death on Facebook over the weekend, calling Rock his friend and brother. The 46-year-old mixmaster died Saturday, but the cause of his death remains unknown.

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