DJ EZ Rock Dead: Hip Hop Great Was 46

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Legendary hip-hop DJ EZ Rock has died at 46. He is best known for the track "It Takes Two" with partner MC Rob Base, who confirmed his death on Facebook.

No cause of death was immediately available.

DJ EZ Rock (real name Rodney Bryce) was best known for the 1988 hit with Base, a lifelong friend and collaborator who he’d known since fourth grade.

The hit, which was produced by new jack swing legend Teddy Riley, featured a sample of Lyn Collins' 1972 James Brown-produced song “Think (About It).”

“It takes two to make a thing go right / It takes to to make it outta sight,” the iconic hook of the track that melded hip-hop and house music genres goes.

He was the man behind the turntables, but as Rob Base rapped, “Rob is in the front, E-Z Rock is on the back-up … Rock the mike with the help of EZ.”

The Harlem-based duo has been covered by Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, the Black Eyed Peas and Gang Starr, Girl Talk, LL Cool J, Will Smith and Meek Mill.

DJ EZ Rock and Rob Base had another minor hit with “Joy and Pain,” But “It Takes Two” would be the song that cemented the duo's music reputation.

To this day it's guaranteed to get people on the dance floor like no other.

Base announced the sad news Sunday in a since-deleted post, but changed the cover photo on his Facebook page to a montage of E-Z Rock images.

The pair split a short time later and reunited on 1994 album Break of Dawn.


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