“It Takes Two” rapper Rob Base confirmed his longtime collaborator DJ E-Z Rock died on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the hip-hop producer told Rolling Stone that E-Z Rock, whose real name was Rodney “Skip” Bryce, passed away on Sunday at the age of 46. A cause of death has yet to be revealed.
“R.I.P Skip (DJ E-Z Rock) my friend. My brother,” Base wrote on Instagram.
The pair had been friends since 4th grade, according to Spin magazine. They grew up in Harlem, New York, together.
As Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, the duo was best known for the Teddy Riley-produced 1988 smash single “It Takes Two,” featuring a sample of Lyn Collins singing the hook “it takes two to make a thing go right, It takes two to make it outta sight.” Their debut album of the same name, which also featured “Joy and Pain,” reached No. 31 on the Billboard 200 charts and went platinum in 1989, according to Rolling Stone.
Base went solo for his next album, 1989′s “The Incredible Base,” but reunited with E-Z Rock for the lesser-known “Break of Dawn” in 1994. The duo has occasionally reunited at concerts since, but “It Takes Two” has remained their most well-known achievement, sampled by everyone from Snoop Dogg and Ciara to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. The song has also appeared in video games and movies like “Iron Man 2″; Sandra Bullock sang part of it in the 2009 movie “The Proposal.”
Other artists have mourned the passing of Bryce on social media:
“R.I.P. TO EZ ROCK FROM ROB BASE AND EZ ROCK YOU WILL TRULY BE MISSED,” Biz Markie, who appeared in the “It Takes Two” video, wrote on Twitter.
“We Have Lost Our Very Own From Harlem NYC & The Hip-Hop Culture Our Brother DJ E-Z Rock. Rest In Peace Boss,” DJ Red Alert, who was name-checked in the song, added on Instagram.
“Dj EZ Rock the Dj for Rob Base just passed away this is a terrible lost my Dj brother rest in peace you will never be forgotten my son,” Grandmaster Flash wrote.