Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock – It Takes Two


Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
released their debut single “It Takes Two” on August 2, 1988.   The track was produced by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock and was the lead single to their debut album of the same name.  The album and single were released on Profile Records.

The one thing that everybody remembers (who are now around 40-45 years of age) about this song is not only how we heard this track everywhere we went, but it was also the intro song to Yo! MTV Raps that played the song every time the show was on! The “Yeah…Woo!” in the background was at first dope and funky, then extremely annoying after listening to the same song for the 100th time.

The track samples the beginning of Galactic Force Band’sSpace Dust” but after that it’s all “Think (About It)” by Lyn Collins.  They take the drum pattern, the vocal sample of “It takes two to make a thing go right, It takes two to make it outta sight” and the “yeah…woo” all from the same song to create one of the greatest Hip Hop tracks in Hip Hop history.  The track has been heard in commercials and movies and after a while, you get sick and tired of it since it was played a little too much.  Still, one can remember where they were when this song dropped and how it was so infectious that it made you rap and dance at the same time.

The video has the crew walking down the streets of New York accompanied by DJ Red Alert and Biz Markie making calls on his huge cellular phone.  The classic as well as the song are both classics.

The album has some dope tracks including “Get On the Dance Floor“, “Joy & Pain” and “Crush“, but to everyone, “It Takes Two” was the track that everyone loves and remembers.

[Intro]
Right about now, you’re about to be possessed by the sounds of emcee Rob Base and D.J. E-Z Rock

[Hook]
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight

[Verse 1]
I wanna rock right now
I’m Rob Base and I came to get down
I’m not internationally known
But I’m known to rock the microphone
Because I get stupid, I mean outrageous
Stay away from me if you’re contagious
Cause I’m the winner, no, I’m not a loser
To be an M.C. is what I choose-a
Ladies love me, girls adore me
I mean even the ones who never saw me
Like the way that I rhyme at a show
The reason why, man, I don’t know
So let’s go, cause

[Hook]
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight

[Verse 2]
My name is Rob, I gotta real funky concept
Listen up, cause I’m gonna keep you in step
I got an idea
That I wanna share
You don’t like it? So what, I don’t care
I’m number one, the uno, I like comp
Bring all the suckers cause all them I’ll stomp
Bold and black but I won’t protect
All of my followers cause all I want is respect
I’m not a doctor, put them in rapture
A slick brother that can easy outfox ya
Cause I’m Rob, the last name Base, yeah
And on the mic, I’m known to be the freshest
So let’s start, it shouldn’t be too hard
I’m not a sucker so I don’t need a bodyguard
I won’t fess, wear a bulletproof vest
Don’t smoke buddha, can’t stand sess, yes

[Hook]
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight

[Verse 3]
The situation that the Base is in
I’m kinda stingy that’s why I don’t wanna lend
A funky rhyme to a foe or a good friend
But listen up cause I want you to comprehend
Cause I’m the leader, the man superior
I take care of ya and then ya get wearier
So just sit, my rhymes are not counterfeit
The record sells which makes this one a hit
It won’t hurt to listen to Red Alert
Take off your shirt
Make sure it don’t hit the dirt
I like the kids; the guys, the girls
I want the ducats cause this is Rob Base’s world
I’m on a mission, ya better just listen
To my rhymes cause I’m all about dissin’
Cause

[Hook]
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight

[Verse 4]
I stand alone, don’t need anyone
Cause I’m Rob, just came to have fun
Don’t need friends that act like foes
Cause I’m Rob Base, the one who knows
About things that make ya get weary
Don’t cheer me, just hear me
Out cause I got the clout, shout (Ho!)
Before I turn the party out
I won’t stutter
Project my voice, speak clearly
So you can be my choice
On stage or on record
Go to the Wiz and select it
Take it off the rack, if it’s wack put it back
I like the Whopper, fuck the Big Mac
If you want static, so let’s go
So, throw up your hands
Go for what you know
Bro’, I got an ego
Yo, talkin’ to me? No, oh
Cause Rob is in the front, EZ Rock is on the back-up
We’re not soft, so you better just slack up
Cause I’m cool, calm just like a breeze
Rock the mike with the help of EZ
Rock on the set, the music plays
Only cuts the records that I say

[Hook]
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight

[Outro]
All right, now, EZ Rock
Now, when I count to three
I want you to get busy
You ready now?
One, two, three, get loose now!

[Hook]
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-Al E.

 

 

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