DJ E-Z Rock and Rob Base

DJ E-Z Rock, left, and rapper Rob Base shot to fame with their breakout hit It Takes Two, which is among the best-known 1980s hip hop songs to cross over and find mainstream success. (YouTube)

DJ E-Z Rock, who was best known for the iconic track It Takes Two, has died at the age of 46.

The 1980s-era hip hop star, whose real name was Rodney (Skip) Bryce, died on Sunday according to his musical partner and childhood friend Rob Base. A cause of death has not yet been released.

Harlem-raised Bryce and Base released their debut album It Takes Two in 1986, leading off with the track DJ Interview. 

The album also featured songs such as Joy and Pain and Get on the Dance Floor, but It Takes Two — a major genre-crossing hit featuring samples from the James Brown and Lyn Collins' 1972 single Think (About It) — launched the duo into fame. 

Blending hip hop and dance/house music, the song helped vault the album to multi-platinum status. The upbeat, eminently danceable, Teddy Riley-produced song has since become a pop culture phenomenon: sampled by myriad artists and featured in movies, television shows and video games.

Though Bryce and Base later split ways, the pair reunited on the 1994 album Break of Dawn.

News of Bryce's passing immediately spawned a flood of tributes from fellow DJs, hip hop artists and fans online. 

"You will truly be missed," fellow early rapper and DJ Biz Markie posted on Twitter.

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