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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
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These Harlem cats put it down... It Takes Two! Rob Base &D.J. E-Z ROCK....
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This is the first song I heard by this group
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Came home and my cousin was playing "It takes Two"! What - who is that - where are those cats from, how long it's been out- Rob base and DJ E-Z Rock was killing the radio sounds and the video put it over the top. Thanks Fam for sharing this great one. Peace.
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Back in the day house party anthem It Takes Two bumping into each other moving the coffee table partying and just having FUN!!
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mariawiggins _ 6 6
Dont read this.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life .Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.Don't stop this is Freaky.But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck.Put this on 15 songs in 143 mins. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works.
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IM NOT INTERNATIONA L L Y KNOWN BUT IM KNOWN TO ROCK THE MICROPHONE!! ! . . . . T H I S SONG IS LIT���������
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DON'T READ!!! Now that you started continue you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read is and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes and when you are done press the space bar and you crushes name will appear on the screen in big letters.
This is so creepy because it actually works.
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Love this song
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Came home for the summer and it was the first time I ever heard- "It Takes Two"! I was blown away by the video- real rap and hip hop. Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. Thanks .
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Rob base &I dj e-z rock,where are they now?...
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Ain't no f**got s**t here steezysworld 7 5 3 its called going back young punk but of course you were not there so you would not understand LAME A** N**GA!!!
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More east coast
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Love it
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1980 s ladies when u could dance clance e get down On the town ss los ángeles cali
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swanson27275 4
Repost 15 time and ur crush Kiss u
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honkalou
Awesome music
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Yooo Yes....
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I WAS IN MY HEYDAY IN THE 80s AND THAT WAS DEFINITLEY DA CRANK.
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Old School right there. So many memories from the younger years.
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Best song ever
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I'm not a sucka so I don't need a bodyguard... . # c l a s s i c
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Rember that green sweat suit? I looked for it or something like it for so long!
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DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BY THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE. TOMORROW WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOW YOUVE STARTED READING THIS DONT STOP THIS IS SO FREAKY. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. PUT THIS ON 15 SONGS IN 143 MINS. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS THE SPACEBAR AND YOUR CRUSHES NAME WILL APPEAR IN BIG LETTERS ON THE SCREEN THIS IS SO FREAKY IT ACTUALLY WORKS
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P.Funk858 love tkhat Rob Bass D J E-Z...
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The best 80s early hiphop jam in years reminds me of elementary days!!!
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Joy and pain like Sunshinw and rain.Whatels e .
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Lovei jam in Brooklyn in E NY in 80 90
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Love it ��
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���� this is the jamm yo!!!
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Oh la ie da. Mmgh. Pump. Pump.
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Oh no, you didn't!!
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R.I.P.. DJ E-Z ROCK...
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sweetlilybug 0 3
I hate it
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It Takes 2...reminds me of high school and house parties.
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Yes will always remind me of the skating rink.
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Aw now dance
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I love old school hip hop
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charile wilson
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:P House/Hip-Ho p
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All ways nice to listen to this great song !!
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Best skating music
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On the next Friday ur love will kiss u and if u don't post this on 22 other songs u will die and than in 143 seconds after post this on two songs press f8 and your lovers name will appear
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3 can keep a secret
If 2 are dead..*
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KRS-ONE the man but he didnt have to make that diss record about them.
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melissarmath i s
one of my all time favorites
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kileybx181
Love this song back in the days music
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I like the whopper F**k the Big Mac! !!!!!! Statement
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"Yes, i love it this reminds me of the aftermidnigh t club downtown center city Philadelphia 1987".
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Real rap real talk
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ICJ
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