The hip-hop world is mourning the loss of one of its pioneers: DJ E-Z Rock passed away on Sunday, April 27.
The 46-year-old — who was born Rodney Bryce but often went by the name Skip — teamed up with longtime friend Rob Base for one of the most enduring songs of hip-hop history: "It Takes Two."
The song — which sampled Lyn Collins's 1972 song "Think (About It)" — was the first single from their first studio album, released in 1998. Both the song and the album went platinum.
As Rodney told The Morning Call in 1991, the song transformed their lives: "We would open up for people and get on for 15 minutes … Then, when 'It Takes Two' came out, we started headlining."
The pair split after the release of the album but reunited for 1994's Break of Dawn.
"It Takes Two" has since been sampled by artists like Snoop Dogg, the Black Eyed Peas, and Girl Talk.
In the wake of Rodney's death, Rob and his contemporaries paid tribute to their friend on social media. "R.I.P. Skip (DJ E-Z- Rock)," Rob wrote on Instagram. "My friend. My brother."
"R.I.P. to E-Z Rock," tweeted Just a Friend artist Biz Markie. "You will truly be missed."
Source: The Morning Call