DJ EZ Rock, half of the Harlem-based duo famous for their 1988 single “It Takes Two,” has passed away, according to group member Rob Base. He was 46-years-old.
The cause of death has not yet been released.
“R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother,” Base wrote on Instagram. The two had been friends since the 4th grade.
As Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, the duo was best known for the Teddy Riley-produced 1988 smash single “It Takes Two,” featuring a sample of Lyn Collins singing the hook “it takes two to make a thing go right, It takes two to make it outta sight.” Their debut album of the same name, which also featured “Joy and Pain,” reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200 charts and went platinum in 1989, according to Rolling Stone.
“It Takes Two,” remains a classic hip-hop anthem today. You can watch a video of the single above.
Many hip-hop icons have come forward to show their respect and pay tribute to EZ Rock, whose real name was Rodney “Skip” Bryce.
R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED. .
— BIZ MARKIE (@BizMarkie) April 27, 2014
Grandmaster Flash posted this picture on Instagram with the caption: “Dj EZ Rock the Dj for Rob Base just passed away this is a terrible lost my Dj brother rest in peace you will never be forgotten my son.”
We send out condolences to EZ Rock’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.
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