Rodney Bryce, who made his mark on hip-hop under the name DJ E-Z Rock, died on Sunday. Various hip-hop artists paid condolences to the DJ on social media. DJ Scratch posted a late 80s picture of the duo on his Instagram, while Biz Markie tweeted, “R.I.P. to E-Z Rock from Rob Base and E-Z Rock. You will truly be missed.” DJ Red Alert tweeted, “We Have Lost Our Very Own From Harlem NYC & The Hip-Hop Culture Our Brother DJ E-Z Rock. Rest In Peace…” and Base himself posted a picture on his Instagram with a picture of Bryce and the message “R.I.Power DJ E-Z Rock. Team Fearless Salute”. The cause of death has yet to be revealed.
The Harlem duo of Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock are most well known for their 1988 single and album titled ‘It Takes Two’. The song became a nationwide hit and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs chart. Their follow-up single, ‘Joy and Pain,’ which samples Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s song of the same name, was another club hit. The duo’s ‘Get on the Dance Floor,’ which samples the Jackson’s, ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground), reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Songs chart. Those three singles alone help the album achieved seven-times platinum status.
After the success of that album, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock split up due to personal reasons, only to reunite for their second album, ‘Break of Dawn’, in 1994.