Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock at a reunion concert in Fort Lauderdale in 2012
Rodney Bryce, better known to the world as the latter half of the duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, died yesterday at the age of 46, Rolling Stone reports. The cause of Bryce's death has not been released.
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock shot to prominence in hip-hop and beyond with the release of their classic 1988 single, "It Takes Two," which went platinum and reached the number three spot on the Billboard Hot Dance chart. The song went on to be sampled, covered and referenced by everyone from Snoog Dogg to Fred Durst, and was included on Questlove's "Top 50 Hip-Hop Songs of All Time" for Rolling Stone — at number 15. For your listening pleasure, E-Z Rock's biggest hit:
After "It Takes Two" and the album of the same name, E-Z Rock and Base split up over a personal dispute, but reunited for 1994's Break of Dawn. On Facebook, Base, who grew up in Harlem with E-Z Rock, paid tribute to his childhood friend: "RIP Skip (DJ EZ Rock) friends since 4th grade, I'm really going to miss you."
Various other hip-hop artists have since added their condolences on social media.
R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED. .— BIZ MARKIE (@BizMarkie) April 27, 2014
Dj EZ Rock the Dj for Rob Base just passed away this is a terrible lost my Dj brother rest in peace… http://t.co/WS7OFK48Rg— Grandmaster Flash (@DJFlash4eva) April 28, 2014
Via Rolling Stone