'It Takes Two' Hip Hop Pioneer DJ E-Z Rock Dies
Hip hop pioneer DJ E-Z Rock, one half of the Harlem duo behind 1988 anthem It Takes Two, has died aged 46.
The artist, known to friends and family as Rodney 'Skip' Bryce, passed away on Sunday night. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.
As part of the act Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, his first single was DJ Interview in 1986.
This release secured the pair a record deal and led to the iconic 1988 follow-up number, It Takes Two.
The track, with an infectious beat featuring a classic James Brown sample and the instantly recognisable opening line "I wanna rock right now", initially became a big hit on the fledgling East Coast hip hop scene.
It subsequently climbed the national charts in the US, eventually receiving multi-platinum single certification.
The song has since been sampled by a host of acts, including Gang Starr, Snoop Dogg and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
Rob Base, real name Robert Ginyard, announced the death on his twitter page, writing: "RIP Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother."
Fellow late 1980s hip hop star Biz Markie also paid tribute in a post on his twitter page, saying: "RIP TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED."