Rodney Bryce, popularly known as DJ E-Z Rock (pictured left); one half of the hip hop duo with Rob Base, died on Sunday April 28th, at the age of 46.
Rob Base confirmed the news to Rolling Stone; the cause of death has yet to be revealed.
E-Z Rock and Base debuted in 1986 with “DJ Interview.” Two years later, their single “It Takes Two” shot the duo to fame, and sealed their place in musical legend. The song has been picked up throughout pop culture. It peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Dance/Club Songs chart; has been sampled by many hip hop artists like Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr and countless others; and has appeared in movies and even video game soundtracks.
Rock and Base followed up the hit with a debut album of the same name, and another big single, “Joy and Pain.” The album was certified platinum in 1989, peaking at No. 31 on Billboard 200.