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Rob Base

Best known for the multi-platinum 1988 hip-hop classic "It Takes Two," Rob Base and partner DJ E-Z Rock rode the hit into dance clubs and, eventually, the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, providing a touchstone for the style known as hip-house. After Base leapt several hurdles -- including vicious rumors about his personal life, and a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Maze's Frankie Beverly regarding the duo's third single, "Joy and Pain" -- he responded in 1989 with a solo album, The Incredible Base. None of the singles on that album had the force of "It Takes Two," however, and the duo's career subsequently went through more downs than ups.

Born Robert Ginyard in Harlem, Rob Base began performing with a group called the Sureshot Seven while in fifth grade. By the time of high school graduation, the only members left were him and DJ E-Z Rock (b. Rodney Bryce, Harlem), so the duo began recording on their own. Their first track, "DJ Interview" -- credited to only Rob Base as the artist, with co-production credits for E-Z Rock and Chill Will -- appeared on World to World's Fast Money compilation in 1986. Debut single "Make It Hot" was released on the same label in 1987, after which the duo signed with the larger Profile. The first Profile release, the title-track single from their debut album, It Takes Two, became a street sensation upon its release in mid-1988. Though the single barely reached the R&B Top 20 and the Hot 100 Top 40, massive club airplay enhanced its impact considerably. Both the single and album eventually went platinum, and Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock were awarded Single of the Year by Spin. The second single, "Get on the Dance Floor," continued the duo's dance appeal, though his excellent rapping helped him retain his street credentials.

By the end of 1989, however, Rob Base was on his own. His only explanation for the disappearance of DJ E-Z Rock was "personal problems." The release of The Incredible Base in 1989 was a bit of a comedown; despite several interesting tracks, including a reworking of Edwin Starr's "War," neither the album nor any singles connected with listeners. Base and E-Z Rock reunited for the 1994 album Break of Dawn, which didn't make much of an impact. Base continued to perform through the 2010s but didn't record another album, while E-Z Rock remained active as a DJ. E-Z Rock died of a diabetic seizure in 2014 and was honored later that year at the Hip Hop Hall of Fame ceremony. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 80s Retro Hits

1. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Re-Recorded)

2. The Freaks Come Out At Night (Re-Recorded)

3. One Thing Leads To Another (Re-Recorded)

4. The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (Re-Recorded)

5. Work For Love (Demo)

6. Lunatic Fringe

7. She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) (Re-Recorded)

9. The Roof Is On Fire (Re-Recorded)

10. Salt In My Tears (Re-Recorded)

11. The Glamorous Life (Re-Recorded)

12. The Look Of Love (Re-Recorded)

13. Naughty Naughty (Re-Recorded)

15. Send Me An Angel (Re-Recorded)

16. Take Me Home Tonight (Re-Recorded)

17. Round & Round (Re-Recorded)

18. Missing You (Re-Recorded)

19. I Ran (So Far Away) (Re-Recorded)

20. Bette Davis Eyes (Re-Recorded)

21. Tainted Love (Re-Recorded)

22. I Want Candy (Re-Recorded)

23. Only The Lonely (Re-Recorded)

25. Walking On Sunshine (Re-Recorded)

26. Take My Breath Away (Re-Recorded)

27. Flashdance...What A Feeling (Re-Recorded)

30. Desire (Re-Recorded)

31. Let The Music Play (Re-Recorded)

32. Honestly (Re-Recorded)

33. C*m On Feel Noize (Re-Recorded)

34. Pass The Dutchie (Re-Recorded)

35. Dream Warriors (Re-Recorded)

36. Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Re-Recorded)

37. Lost In Your Eyes (Re-Recorded)

38. Cherry Pie (Re-Recorded)

39. Living On Video (Re-Recorded)

40. It Takes Two (Re-Recorded)

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Track List: Hip Hop 101

Disc 1

1. Ruff Ryders' Anthem (Re-Recorded)

3. The Message (Re-Recorded)

5. Ice Ice Baby (Re-Recorded)

7. Let's Get Married (Remix)

8. I Got It Made (Re-Recorded)

9. No Diggity (Re-Recorded)

10. Treat 'Em Right (Re-Recorded)

11. I Got a Man (Re-Recorded)

12. It Takes Two (Re-Recorded)

13. Gangsta's Paradise (Re-Recorded)

14. Roxanne's Revenge (Re-Recorded)

15. Don't Be Cruel (Re-Recorded)

16. Why You Treat Me so Bad (Re-Recorded)

17. What's My Name? (Re-Recorded)

18. This Is How We Do It (Re-Recorded)

19. Supersonic (Re-Recorded)

21. Hangin' on a String (Re-Recorded)

22. Human Beat Box (Re-Recorded)

23. Sunshine (Re-Recorded)

24. Mentirosa (Re-Recorded)

25. Freak Like Me (Re-Recorded)

28. Wild Thing (Re-Recorded)

31. We Thugs

32. Knockin' Boots (Re-Recorded)

35. White Lines (Re-Recorded)

36. Let It Whip (Re-Recorded)

39. I'm Not Having It (Re-Recorded)

41. Just a Friend (Re-Recorded)

42. The Greatest

44. Don't Stop the Rock (Re-Recorded)

45. The Breaks (Re-Recorded)

46. I Come Off - Bust a Move (Live)

48. Survivor

50. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...) [Re-Recorded]

Disc 2

1. Jam on It (Re-Recorded)

3. I'll Do 4 U (Re-Recorded)

5. Get It on Tonite (Re-Recorded)

8. Party Up (Up in Here) [Re-Recorded]

9. Fantastic Voyage (Re-Recorded)

13. Friends

14. I Wanna Sex You Up (Re-Recorded)

15. Let the Music Play (Re-Recorded)

25. Wipeout (Re-Recorded)

29. I'm so High

30. Candy Rain (Re-Recorded)

36. Oh Sheila (Re-Recorded)

37. Knockin' da Boots (Re-Recorded)

38. Where the Hood At (Re-Recorded)

40. Deep Cover

41. Level 7

42. Still Strugglin'

48. I Am

50. I Get the Job Done (Live)

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Track List: Rocky V

1. That's What I Said

2. All You Gotta Do Is Sing

6. The Measure Of A Man

7. Can't Stop The Fire

10. Keep It Up

11. Feel My Power

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