“It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
With “It Takes Two”, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock ranked #18 on VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s, #37 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop, and #80 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s.
Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock are a duo from Harlem, New York. Rob Base (Robert Ginyard), does the rapping, and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney “Skip” Bryce) mans the turntable.
“It Takes Two.” uses multiple samples from the James Brown and Lyn Collins 1972 song “Think (About It).” The song became a regional hit, then slowly climbed the Billboard charts, peaking at #36 on October 29, 1988, peaked at #3 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
They followed up with some other songs, from the album It Takes Two, that were popular on the dance floor, such as “Joy and Pain,” and “Get On the Dance Floor.” This helped the album go platinum seven times over. The duo went on their own after that, with Rob Base putting out his 1989 debut solo album, The Incredible Base. It did not do nearly as well as It Takes Two. 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.
I Wanna Rock Right Now! So let’s Return to 1988, and check out “It Takes Two”:
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