Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
|Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock|
Rob Base (left) and DJ E-Z Rock (right) in Toronto in 2006. Photo by Mick Tobyn.
|Origin||Harlem, New York, United States|
|Labels||Profile Records, Funky et Base Records|
|Associated acts||The Delphonics
The Cut Technician and Kyle Rifkin
|Past members||Rob Base
DJ E-Z Rock (deceased)
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were a hip-hop duo from Harlem, New York who were best known for their hit "It Takes Two", a single that was a top 40 hit and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. That song was a part of the duo's album of the same name, which also has been certified platinum. They are also known for being pioneers of the crossover success that rap music would have in the popular music mainstream. The duo consisted of Rob Base (Robert Ginyard, born May 18, 1967) and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney "Skip" Bryce, born 1967; died April 27, 2014).
The first Profile release was "It Takes Two." It uses multiple samples from the James Brown and Lyn Collins 1972 song "Think (About It)." The track first became a regional hit and then slowly climbed the Billboard Hot 100, picking up a multi-platinum single certification. The song also peaked at #3 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
An album, also called It Takes Two, was quickly put together and it produced a significant follow-up hit, "Joy and Pain," which sampled a song of the same name by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, as well as "Put The Music Where Your Mouth Is" by The Olympic Runners. It also hit the top 10 on the dance chart and climbed to #58 on the Hot 100. "Get On the Dance Floor," a track released to clubs in between the two singles, hit #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1989. Boosted by those singles the It Takes Two album went platinum seven times over. However, vicious rumors started to circulate that Rob Base had legal problems for using samples from Maze's Frankie Beverly for the hit "Joy and Pain", and he had his own personal problems. DJ E-Z Rock also was forced to leave the group due to his own personal issues, so Rob Base was left to be a solo artist.
He responded in 1989 with The Incredible Base, his debut solo album. It did not sell as well as It Takes Two. One song from the album hit the dance chart in late 1989: "Turn It Out (Go Base)," credited only to Rob Base.
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock had a reunion album in 1994 with Break of Dawn; however, the album did not do well commercially.
On August 1, 2015, Rob Base returned to the stage and rocked a private party in Armonk, NY.
Ginyard's first child De'Jené Ginyard was born in 1989 to his then girlfriend Rhonda Dunbar. They were together from 1986 until late 1989. Ginyard later met April and had a son, Robert Ginyard, Jr. in 1992, and later together took guardianship custody of April's cousin Dysell. Rob and April then married and remained so until she died in September 2013.
On April 27, 2014 it was announced that DJ E-Z Rock had died after suffering a diabetic seizure at the age of 46.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart
|1988||It Takes Two
|1989||The Incredible Base
|1994||Break of Dawn
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|US||US Dance||US Rap||US R&B|
|1988||"It Takes Two"||36||3||—||17||
||It Takes Two|
|"Get on the Dance Floor"||—||1||6||—|
|"Joy and Pain"||58||9||5||11|
|1989||"Turn It Out (Go Base)"
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "It Takes Two - Rob Base,Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Jim Macnie (2008-09-24). "VH1′s 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs Ever". VH1. Retrieved 2014-08-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
-  Archived February 13, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Jason Newman (2014-04-27). "DJ E-Z Rock of 'It Takes Two' Fame Dead at 46 | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-05-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Rob's Official justRHYMES.com profile - music, bio, videos & more
- Maxim.com Rap Public Service Announcement featuring Rob Base