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DJ E-Z Rock

Posted by purplemary54 on April 28, 2014

I just saw the news that one of the men behind the iconic Rap/Hip Hop “It Takes Two” has passed away.  DJ E-Z Rock was only 46, and the cause of death has not yet been revealed.

DJ E-Z Rock was known to his family and friends as Rodney Bryce.  His collaboration with Rob Base led to a classic song from the 80s, one that’s been almost ubiquitous ever since.  This is actually one of those songs I’ve heard about a million times without ever knowing anything about the artists behind it.  My research didn’t turn up much info besides this hit.  Bryce was born in Harlem, NYC, which was one of the hothouses from which Rap and Hip Hop bloomed.

Although Bryce’s commercial success is limited, the part he played in making “It Takes Two” ensured him a place in music history.  Rap was just beginning its cultural ascent, and this song not only helped bring the genre more widespread popularity, it influenced many of the rappers and DJs to follow.

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