“It Takes Two” rapper Rob Base confirmed his longtime collaborator DJ E-Z Rock died on Sunday.

DJ E-Z Rock, whose real name is Rodney Bryce, was part of the Harlem duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. The tandem produced the classic 1988 single, ‘It Takes Two,’ which can still get a party started just right no matter the occasion.The song became a nationwide hit and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Songs chart. Their follow-up single, ‘Joy and Pain,’ which samples Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly’s song of the same name, was another club hit. The duo’s ‘Get on the Dance Floor,’ which samples the Jacksons’ ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground), reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Club Songs chart. Those three singles alone help the album achieved seven-times platinum status. A sad day for the hip hop community.



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LONG.LIVE.A$AP is the debut studio album by rapper A$AP Rocky, the smooth and breezy rapper who’s known to break traditional codes and ignore regional boundaries with his sometimes chopped and screwed sound  and sometimes dank Midwest.  Despite the album’s release date being pushed back several times keeping everyone on edge to see if there was truly a bite behind the buzz, it was finally released on January 15, 2013 worldwide via Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records. Well the day has finally come and one week later…A$AP Rocky bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart selling 139,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. So far…his current top five hit single on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart “F**kin’ Problems” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar has sold 854,000 downloads…making his multi-million-dollar record deal — the kind that hasn’t been handed out since 50 Cent‘s heyday a decade ago, a worthwhile investment.  Long Live A$AP Indeed!

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