It Takes Two (Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock song)
|"It Takes Two"|
|Single by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock|
|from the album It Takes Two|
|Writer(s)||Robert Ginyard, Rodney Bryce, Teddy Riley, James Brown|
|Producer||Rob Base, William Hamilton|
|Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock singles chronology|
Composition and background
The song samples heavily from Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think (About It)", using multiple drum breaks, the well known "Yeah! Woo!" sample, as well as the lyric sung by Collins which gives It Takes Two its title. The famous introduction of the song is spoken over a sample of "Space Dust" by The Galactic Force Band (1978).
The music video "It Takes Two" was directed by Peter Lauer and Pam Thomas, who worked in MTV’s promotions department alongside Peter Dougherty, Ted Demme and Mark Pellington.
The first scene, where the DJ and little boy are talking, was not filmed in the USA, but in Niue, an island in the Pacific.
Sampling and covers
- Female dance trio Seduction used the chorus line in their single "Two to Make It Right".
- Jonathan Davis of Korn sings the first verse of the song live when Korn play the song Ball Tongue.
- 1989/1990: Belgian Eurodance group Technotronic sampled the line "I wanna rock right now" in the last 40 seconds on the album version of their single "Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over)".
- 1990: Filipino rapper Francis Magalona covered this song in his debut album Yo.
- Prince and Rosie Gaines performed a short cover of the song during the Nude Tour as part of an extended Alphabet St. jam.
- 1991: The song is featured in the title screen of the notorious NES multicart game, Action 52
- 1992: The song has been sampled by Mr. Lee on the track "Get Busy".
- 1993: The song was sampled by DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince in their song "I Wanna Rock" in their album Code Red.
- 1994: Gang Starr also sampled the song in "Suckas Need Bodyguards" from their album Hard to Earn.
- 2002: Lil Romeo covered the song on his album Game Time, titled "2-Way".
- 2002: The "Yeah! Woo!" vocals are sampled and heavily processed on Modeselektor's Death Medley 12" EP.
- 2006: Ciara's "Make It Last Forever" sampled the song on her second album Ciara: The Evolution.
- 2006: Girl Talk samples the song for his song "Give and Go" on the album Night Ripper.
- 2008: French DJ and producer Mr. Oizo released a track titled "Two Takes It", with vocals by Carmen Castro, which is a cover of the song with altered lyrics and beats.
- 2009: The song's line "I wanna rock right now" has been repeatedly sampled on The Black Eyed Peas's single "Rock That Body" from their 5th studio album The E.N.D..
- The song is also sampled in the techno song "The Question Is What Is The Question" by Scooter.
- 2009: Snoop Dogg sampled the song on his song "I Wanna Rock" on his album Malice n Wonderland.
- 2009: Korean artist BoA interpolated the song on her single "Bump Bump!" featuring Verbal of M-flo.
- British rapper Skepta references the lyrics in his song "Skepta".
- 2010: Chris Brown recorded his version of this song entiltled "I Wanna Rock" on his rap mixtape In My Zone.
- 2011: Fred Durst uses the line "I wanna rock right now" on Limp Bizkit's song 'Back Porch' from their 2011 album Gold Cobra.
- Korea's Girl Group 2NE1's "I Am the Best" ("내가 제일 잘 나가") from 2nd Mini Album samples the famous Yeah! Woo! loop.
- The song has been sampled by Gigi Barocco with his remix for Breakdown's "Play With it".
- The ABC TV series Ugly Betty featuring America Ferrera and Christopher Gorham (as Betty Suarez and Henry Grubstick, respectively) covered the song in the second season episode "A Thousand Words Before Friday".
- 2012: British rapper Maxsta sampled the song in his song "I Wanna Rock".
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||24|
|US Hot 100 (Billboard)||36|
|US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard)||3|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||17|
- "Rob Base & DJ EZ- Rock's It Takes Two sample of Lyn Collins's Think (About It)". whosampled.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- Rolfe, James. "AVGN: Action 52". Angry Video Game Nerd. Cinemassacre. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Rob Base - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-26.