DJ E-Z Rock, known for the late '80s song "It Takes Two," has died. He was 46.
His collaborator, Rob Base, revealed the news on Twitter:
R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother. http://t.co/SDYn1QasCF— Rob Base (@Robbasemusic) April 28, 2014
The rapper, born Rodney Bryce, grew up in Harlem, N.Y., and became friends with Base in fourth grade. The hip-hop duo landed a recording contract in 1987 and released a debut album a year later
The album featured the hit song "It Takes Two," which samples heavily from Lyn Collins' 1972 "Think (About It)" and features the lyrics: "It takes two to make a thing go right / It takes two to make it outta sight." The set also featured the singles "Joy and Pain" and "Get on the Dance Floor."
Two more albums followed: Base's solo release in 1989 called "The Incredible Bass" and the duo's 1994 set, "The Break of Dawn."
Tributes poured in Monday for the late rapper:
R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED. .— BIZ MARKIE (@BizMarkie) April 27, 2014
We Have Lost Our Very Own From Harlem NYC & The Hip-Hop Culture Our Brother DJ E-Z Rock. Rest In Peace... http://t.co/qyEhZhzcnH— DJ Red Alert (@KoolDJRedAlert) April 27, 2014