Hip-hop artist Dj E-Z Rock has passed away, aged 46.
The rapper, real name Rodney Bryce, died on Sunday (27Apr14). No further details have been released.
E-Z Rock performed as part of a duo with his longtime collaborator and friend Rob Base.
Base shared the sad news on his Facebook.com page, writing, "R.I.P Skip (DJ EZ Rock) friends since 4th grade I'm really going to miss you."
The pair first stormed the music scene in 1988 with their iconic track It Takes Two, which went multi-platinum in the U.S., and has been sampled by a number of top stars, including Snoop Dogg and Ciara.
E-Z Rock and Base's winning formula for mixing hip-hop and dance genres helped their single Joy and Pain become another chart hit, and thanks to the two tunes, their debut album, also called It Takes Two, achieved seven-times platinum status in the U.S.
Following the news of his death, members of the hip-hop community began to send their condolences via Twitter.com.
Rapper Biz Markie wrote, "R.I.P. to EZ Rock from Rob Base and EZ Rock you will truly be missed."
DJ Red Alert added, "We have lost our very own from Harlem Nyc & the hip-hop culture our brother DJ E-Z Rock. Rest in peace."