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Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock

Best known for the multi-platinum 1988 hip-hop classic "It Takes Two," Rob Base and partner DJ E-Z Rock rode the hit into dance clubs and, eventually, the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, providing a touchstone for the style known as hip-house. After Base leapt several hurdles -- including vicious rumors about his personal life, and a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Maze's Frankie Beverly regarding the duo's third single, "Joy and Pain" -- he responded in 1989 with a solo album, The Incredible Base. None of the singles on that album had the force of "It Takes Two," however, and the duo's career subsequently went through more downs than ups.

Born Robert Ginyard in Harlem, Rob Base began performing with a group called the Sureshot Seven while in fifth grade. By the time of high school graduation, the only members left were him and DJ E-Z Rock (b. Rodney Bryce, Harlem), so the duo began recording on their own. Their first track, "DJ Interview" -- credited to only Rob Base as the artist, with co-production credits for E-Z Rock and Chill Will -- appeared on World to World's Fast Money compilation in 1986. Debut single "Make It Hot" was released on the same label in 1987, after which the duo signed with the larger Profile. The first Profile release, the title-track single from their debut album, It Takes Two, became a street sensation upon its release in mid-1988. Though the single barely reached the R&B Top 20 and the Hot 100 Top 40, massive club airplay enhanced its impact considerably. Both the single and album eventually went platinum, and Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were awarded Single of the Year by Spin. The second single, "Get on the Dance Floor," continued the duo's dance appeal, though his excellent rapping helped him retain his street credentials.

By the end of 1989, however, Rob Base was on his own. His only explanation for the disappearance of DJ E-Z Rock was "personal problems." The release of The Incredible Base in 1989 was a bit of a comedown; despite several interesting tracks, including a reworking of Edwin Starr's "War," neither the album nor any singles connected with listeners. Base and E-Z Rock reunited for the 1994 album Break of Dawn, which didn't make much of an impact. Base continued to perform through the 2010s but didn't record another album, while E-Z Rock remained active as a DJ. E-Z Rock died of a diabetic seizure in 2014 and was honored later that year at the Hip Hop Hall of Fame ceremony. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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caffery_rubi n
I got my bride during that time.
It takes 2
House. Party ooo yeah
Brednn
I wanna rock rite now! ~Follow 4 Follow~
carrier2go12
They perform in chi town in may they rocked the house
Busta move
RIP TO EZ ROCK!!
RIP E Z Rock.... Still rocking this track since day one baby!!!
drina_castil l o
R.I.P EZ-ROCK
DJ EZ Rock died today
My mom said she was in college when this came out and now she got kids and they listen to it too......
This song is definitely a classic but he can't rap for s**t
♥ listening to this back in the day in the club
It take two to make a thing go right!!!
back in the day good sh
man i fucken love Old school Rap Anyone else? Follow me? i will follow back
2-3-2014 OMG how many times I danced to get on the dance floore oh my dam I cant count em' love my old school song and artist still do today say what !!!!!
Love Me Some Rob Base One Of My Old School Favorite Artist Alllll Yale Get It Rob Base Joy & Pain Like Sunshine And Rain !!!!
♪♪♪♪♪♪♪ Harlem, NYC ♪♪♪♪♪♪♪
Miss this music. This what I call good rap music.
Yyaassss i'm young af but ik ah lil bouu this lol
This is professional conversation listen to the dialog no swearing or dealing but steal direct talk
I love this song
Fjgnhnnyhbgj u y b b g vvtvvfgtg
Hhyuyj
I'm not sucka so I don't need a bodyguard,
Keep it UP.. Bring Back old Mem.....good job
♡♥♡
All I can say is the sit was on and poppin such good memories now this is good rap lol
Haven't hear this in for ever and a day
Go to any party and play this. Just watch as people go crazy!
B
rondarmcclai n
Junior High when this song came out, good days, before gangster rap
Still a dance jam....class i c song everyone under stands the words and great beat to dance to. REAL HIP-HOP
He filmed this video in front of the Apollo with Biz and that big azz phone!!
It Takes Two... ALWAYS gets the party started whether it's a club or a backyard cookout!!!
Love it!! Loling ❌❤❌❤
From the bio: After leaping several hurdles -- vicious rumors about his personal life ,,,--What's this about.?
Rob "base" had to many rocks thats why he never got on again
REAL HIP HOP!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I am rob base and i came to get down !!! Best song ever
I wanna rock rite now!!!
Smack it 2 ya ear lil youngsters out there.
If u don't know now u know!
the good ole days
This song reminds me of my 8th Grade dance lol
always my go to double copy
ttautomotive d e t a i l i n g
Two step my a**????,
If I was alife in the 80 it would of been twice as better
I love this song I heard it on the proposal with Sandra bullock and Ryan Reynolds
This is one of the biggest hits in the 80ties
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