Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock "It Takes Two" (1988)
Hip-Hop has lost another legend and way too early in life too. Harlem hip-hop artist and one half of the legendary hip-hop duo Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock, Rodney "Skip" Bryce died yesterday of, as yet, undisclosed reasons at the young age of 46. A DJ and producer, who began his career three decades ago, DJ E-Z Rock along with partner in rhyme Rob Base will be best remembered for their two biggest hits, both from the late 80's: "It Takes Two" and "Joy and Pain." The songs were two of the four singles culled from their Profile Records 1988 hit album It Takes Two. The huge success of the single "It Takes Two" was in part due to the perfect choice of sample (James Brown-produced Lyn Collin's 1972 hit "Think (About It)" that fueled its memorable chorus) plus the fact that the song was equal parts rap and house/dance music - hence appealing to varying audiences.
As soon as the news of the DJ's death began to spread yesterday friends/collaborators/fans alike all took to social media to offer their condolences and memories including Biz Markie who first Tweeted the sad news, and fellow Harlem NY hip-hop veteran DJ Red Alert who, along with the classic photo of the artist (left), wrote via Instragram: "We Have Lost Our Very Own From Harlem NYC & The Hip-Hop Culture Our Brother DJ E-Z Rock. Rest In Peace Boss, My Condolences To The Friends & Family Of The Abraham Lincoln Houses." Above is the music video for "It Takes Two" while below is a live performance version of "Joy and Pain" at the Apollo on 125th Street in Harlem not far from where DJ E-Z Rock grew up. In a tragic side note singer Omar Chandler, the artist born Chandler Spencer who is seen/heard singing the hook on "Joy and Pain," died a year ago at age 51 - a stabbing murder/robbery victim in Hartsville, South Carolina.