Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock

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Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
Origin Harlem, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1985–2014
Labels Profile Records, Funky Base Records
Associated acts The Delphonics
The Cut Technician, Kyle Rifkin
Past members Rob Base
DJ E-Z Rock (deceased)

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hit "It Takes Two", a single that was a top 40 hit and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. That song was a part of the duo's album of the same name, which also has been certified platinum. They are also known for being pioneers of the crossover success that rap music would have in the popular music mainsteam.[1] The duo consisted of Rob Base (Robert Ginyard, born May 18, 1967) and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney "Skip" Bryce, died April 27, 2014).

Career[edit]

The duo's 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 (About It)." The track first became a regional hit and then slowly climbed the Billboard Hot 100, 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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 (Go Base)," 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.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Ginyard's first child De'Jene' was born in 1989 to his then girlfriend Rhonda. They broke up a little while after. Ginyard later met April and had a son, Robert Ginyard, Jr., in 1993, and later together took guardianship custody of April's cousin Dysell. Rob and April then married and remained so until she died in October 2013.[2]

On April 27, 2014 Biz Markie announced on Twitter that DJ E-Z Rock had died after suffering from a diabetic seizure.[3] He was 46.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US R&B
1988 It Takes Two 31 4
  • US: Platinum
1989 The Incredible Base
  • Release date: November 17, 1989
  • Label: Profile Records
50 20
  • US: Gold
1994 Break of Dawn
  • Release date: September 13, 1994
  • Label: Funky Base Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US US Dance US Rap US R&B
1988 "It Takes Two" 36 3 17
  • US: Platinum
It Takes Two
"Get on the Dance Floor" 1 6
"Joy and Pain" 58 9 5 11
1989 "Turn It Out (Go Base)"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "It Takes Two - Rob Base,Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Twitter / BizMarkie: R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB". Twitter.com. 2014-04-27. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ Jason Newman (2014-04-27). "DJ E-Z Rock of 'It Takes Two' Fame Dead at 46 | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 

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