Rodney Bryce, better known as DJ E-Z Rock, passed away Sunday (April 27). His spokesperson confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone, but the cause of death has yet to be reported. He was 46.
E-Z Rock left his mark on hip-hop with his and Rob Base’s iconic hit single “It Takes Two.” The song blended rap and the Lyn Collins ’70s single, “Think (About It),” and was one of the first rap singles to shift into the mainstream and pop music sphere.
In a 2011 interview with Boombox, DJ E-Z Rock spoke on the feat. “Well, I know definitely I was one of the first artists to do the hip-hop and R&B thing. When we did it, I just wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to do the same thing that the other groups were doing at the time. So we just did it that way and I really didn’t care what people said.”
The DJ’s universally recognized collaboration held ground on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Club Songs and influenced many crossovers between hip-hop and R&B as dance music in the years to come.
Rob Base posted this photo (below) on Instagram in honor of his late collaborator’s passing. He wrote, “R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother.”