DJ E-Z Rock, an early hip-hop pioneer best known for the 1988 hit “It Takes Two” with his partner 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.” Base also posted an E-Z Rock photo montage on his Facebook banner.
No other details about his death are known at this time. Rolling Stone magazine lists his age as 46.
Born Rodney “Skip” Bryce in Harlem, New York, DJ E-Z Rock teamed up with Base 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.”
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