*Rodney Bryce, better known as DJ E-Z Rock of the hip hop duo Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, died Sunday at the age of 46.
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 cemented their place in hip hop history. 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 Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr and South Korean group 2NE1; and has appeared in movies and even a video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
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.
Undisclosed personal issues would later separate the two; they reunited in the next decade to release “Break of Dawn” in 1994.
Biz Markie broke the news via Twitter. “R.I.P. to EZ Rock from Rob Base and EZ Rock,” he wrote. “You will truly be missed.”