Rapper DJ E-Z Rock, who found fame with the 1988 track ‘It Takes Two’, has been found dead aged 46.
As Rolling Stone report, the rapper – real name Rodney Bryce [pictured below left] – died on Sunday (April 27). His death was confirmed by friend and collaborator Rob Base.
Bryce released his first single ‘DJ Interview’ with Rob Base in 1986. However, the duo found fame two years later with ‘It Takes Two’, which reached Number 24 on the Official UK Singles Chart. Produced by Teddy Riley, it used a vocal sample from Lyn Collins’ 1972 hit ‘Think (About It)’.
The track was later be sampled by Snoop Dogg, Black Eyed Peas and Ciara Talk, appearing in numerous soundtracks, including the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas; a scene in 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal and the second season of Ugly Betty.
The duo’s album of the same name was certified platinum in 1989 and reached Number 31 on the Billboard 200.
Rob Base and E-Z Rock grew up in Harlem, becoming friends at school. In 1989, Base released the follow-up to ‘It Takes Two’ without E-Z Rock. The pair reunited in 1994 for the album ‘Break Of Dawn’.
Various hip-hop artists have paid tribute to E-Z Rock on social media. DJ Scratch posted a picture of the duo on his Instagram. Biz Markie tweeted, “RIP to EZ Rock from Rob Base and EZ Rock. You will truly be missed.”