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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock are a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who are best known for their hit "It Takes Two." The duo consists of Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney "Skip" Bryce).


Their first U.S. single and release was "DJ Interview," appearing on World to World, which later got them a recording contract with Profile Records in 1987.

The first Profile release was "It Takes Two." It uses multiple samples from the James Brown and Lyn Collins 1972 song "Think ." The track first became a regional hit and then slowly climbed the Billboard Hot 100, eventually topping the chart and picking up a multi-platinum single certification. The song also peaked at #3 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

An album, also called It Takes Two, was quickly put together and it produced a significant follow-up hit, "Joy and Pain," which sampled a song of the same name by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, as well as "Put The Music Where Your Mouth Is" by The Olympic Runners. It also hit the Top 10 on the dance chart and climbed to #38 on the Hot 100. "Get On the Dance Floor," a track released to clubs in between the two singles, hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1989. Boosted by those singles the It Takes Two album went platinum seven times over. However, vicious rumors started to circulate that Rob Base had legal problems for using samples from Maze's Frankie Beverly for the hit "Joy and Pain", and he had his own personal problems. DJ E-Z Rock also was forced to leave the group due to his own personal issues, so Rob Base was left to be a solo artist.

He responded in 1989 with The Incredible Base," his debut solo album. It did not sell as well as It Takes Two." One song from the album hit the dance chart in late 1989: "Turn It Out ," credited only to Rob Base.

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock had a reunion album in 1994 with Break of Dawn; however, the album did not do well commercially.

In 2008, their song "It Takes Two" was ranked number 37 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of hip hop.

The duo recently performed in Boston with C+C Music Factory.

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Name Duration Released
Run Things 02:43 1994
Break of Dawn 03:42 1994
Get Your Hands Up 03:20 1994
Interlude 00:00 1994
I'm Comin'... I'm Comin'... I Came 03:21 1994
Chillin' 03:50 1994
Bike Tights 02:45 1994
Are You With Me? 04:29 1994
Symphony 03:20 1994
Let the Funk Flow 03:17 1994
The Incredible Base 00:00 1989
Hype It Up 00:00 1989
Rumors 00:00 1989
Get Up and Have a Good Time 00:00 1989
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing 00:00 1989
Turn It Out 00:00 1989
Dope Mix 00:00 1989
If You Really Want To Party 00:00 1989
Outstanding 00:00 1989
War 00:00 1989
Get On the Dance Floor 04:23 1988
Crush 05:29 1988
Check This Out 02:59 1988
Don't Sleep On It 04:00 1988
Joy and Pain 03:45 1988
It Takes Two 05:00 1988
Make It Hot 04:19 1988
Keep It Going Now 03:50 1988
Times Are Gettin' Ill 03:38 1988




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