Last Song Syndrome: Rob Bass & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two (1988)

This is how a great hip-hop song should sound like- revolutionary, innovative but still very radio-friendly. I consider Rob Bass’ and DJ EZ Rock’s masterpiece as probably the greatest hip-hop song ever, as do so many other music critics, mainly because it was able to achieve a great deal of both critical AND commercial success- and not many songs can do that.

“It Takes Two” became such an easy favorite of mine back in high school: I first heard it on an episode of “American Top 40” on the radio, and this was a time when my friends were all into New Wave and Alternative.

The song got featured on the pilot episode of “My Name Is Earl”, as well as when you cruise down the streets of San Andreas, listening to classic hip-hop jams on Playback FM (in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas).

“It Takes Two” contains a sample of Lyn Collins’ “Think About It”- which was also featured on Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, but this time on oldies station 98.3 Master Sounds. Woo! Yeah!

Rob Bass & DJ EZ Rock
“It Takes Two” (1988)

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

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 stoopid, I mean outrageous
Stay away from me if you’re contagious
‘Cause I’m the winner, no, I’m not the 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

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

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 mike, 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

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

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

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

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 upy our 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

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

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!

It takes two to make a thing go right
It takes two to make it outta sight
Hit it!

Read more on Rob Bass & DJ EZ Rock – “It Takes Two” on the AllMusic Guide. Or you can also look it up on Wikipedia.

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