R.I.P. DJ E-Z Rock, Co-Created “It Takes Two” With Rob Base

DJ E-Z Rock

After losing Chicago house legends Frankie Knuckles and DJ Rashad in recent weeks, the music world is mourning the loss of DJ E-Z Rock (real name: Rodney “Skip” Bryce), who passed away on Sunday at the age of 46. After releasing “DJ Interview” in 1986 with musical partner Rob Base, the Harlem, NY-bred duo forged the Teddy Riley-produced crossover hip-hop classic “It Takes Two” in 1988 built around a vocal sample from James Brown and Lyn Collins’ 1972 hit “Think (About It).” The song instantly became a hip-hop classic and has been sampled by countless artists. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock went on to score other hits, including “Joy and Pain,” broke up and reunited years later. While details concerning DJ E-Z Rock’s death are sketchy, Rob Base posted a tribute to his partner on Instagram: “R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother.”

Darren Ressler

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