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DJ E-Z Rock


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Rodney Bryce leaves behind ubiquitous tracks that helped hip-hop infiltrate pop world

Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hitIt 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 mainstream.[1] The duo consisted of Rob Base (Robert Ginyard, born May 18, 1967) and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney “Skip” Bryce, born 1967; died April 27, 2014).


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 byMaze 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 #58 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.[2]

On August 1, 2015, Rob Base returned to the stage and rocked a private party in Armonk, NY.

Personal life[edit]

Ginyard’s first child De’Jené Ginyard was born in 1989 to his then girlfriend Rhonda Dunbar. They were together from 1986 until late 1989. Ginyard later met April and had a son, Robert Ginyard, Jr. in 1992, and later together took guardianship custody of April’s cousin Dysell. Rob and April then married and remained so until she died in September 2013.[3]

On April 27, 2014 it was announced that DJ E-Z Rock had died after suffering a diabetic seizure at the age of 46.[4]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart
(sales threshold)
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


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
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)”
(Rob Base)
“—” denotes releases that did not chart


  1. Jump up^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. “It Takes Two – Rob Base,Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock | Listen, Appearances, Song Review”. AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. Jump up^ Jim Macnie (2008-09-24). “VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever”. VH1. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  3. Jump up^ [1] Archived February 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Jump up^ 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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