RIP Early Hip-Hop Pioneer DJ E-Z Rock!
Rodney Bryce, better known as DJ E-Z Rock, an early hip-hop pioneer best known for the 1988 hit “It Takes Two” with his collaborator Rob Base, has died, according to a post on Base’s Twitter account. Base tweeted, “R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother.” He also posted an E-Z Rock photo montage on his Facebook banner.
It Takes Two is by far one of my all time favorite songs. Just ask anyone who has seen me at a party or a club when the song comes on. I would easily go right in and drop all of the lyrics.
Rolling Stone reports a spokesperson for Base confirmed to the magazine that E-Z Rock, who was born Rodney Bryce in Harlem, New York, died Sunday at the age of 46. No other details about his death are known at this time.
DJ E-Z Rock and Rob Base teamed up for their first single, “DJ Interview,” in 1987.
They followed that up the next year with “It Takes Two,” a tune that samples from the Lyn Collins 1972 hit “Think (About It).”
“It Takes Two” reached #31 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The duo’s album of the same name produced the follow-up hit “Joy and Pain.”
The It Takes Two album went seven times over platinum.
The duo split soon after, but reunited in 1994 for an album entitled Break of Dawn. The album failed to generate much buzz or sales.
Biz Markie tweeted, “R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED.”