Rodney Bryce, better known to the public as DJ E-Z Rock, has died at age 46.
Bryce’s death was announced in a Facebook post by longtime songwriting partner Rob Base which said R.I.P Skip” wrote Base, noting that the two had been friends since 4th grade.
DJ E-Z Rock was best known for It Takes Two, his 1988 collaboration with Rob Base. Based upon samples from James Brown and Lyn Collins’ 1972 single Think (About It), the single peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 24 in the UK, however it was eventually certified multi-platinum.
It became one of the most iconic and most sampled songs in the dance music canon, and their sampling of Brown’s iconic yelps (Woo! Yeah!) passed into the bloodstream of house and hip-hop alike. It has been sampled in songs by LL Cool J, Will Smith, Girl Talk, 2 Live Crew, Benny Blanco, Ciara, Pop Will Eat Itself, Coolio and the Black Eyed Peas to name a few.
At the moment no cause of death has been given.