On this day in music history: September 20, 1988 – “It Takes Two”, the debut album by Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock is released. Produced by DJ E-Z Rock, Rob Base, William Hamilton, David “DJ” Wynn, Donald “O” Bowden and Thomas Dean, it is recorded at Hillside Sound Studios in Englewood, NJ from Early – Mid 1988. Two friends hailing from Harlem, NY, MC Rob Base (Rob Ginyard) and DJ E-Z Rock (Rodney Bryce) record their first singles “DJ Interview” and “Make It Hot” for World To World Records in 1987. The latter song attracts the attention of Profile Records, who offer to sign them. When the label execs ask if they have any other new material, they reply “yes”, when in fact they do not. With no time to spare, the duo put together a new song overnight. They sample the break from James Brown protege Lyn Collins’ 70’s funk classic “Think (About It)” for the main body of the song, Titling it “It Takes Two” from a repeated vocal refrain the Collins song, it also samples The Galactic Space Band’s “Space Dust” (intro section) and Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D’s “La Di Da Di” (“hit it!” vocal sample). When Rob and E-Z Rock play the song for Profile, the label quickly rush releases it as a single out on August 2, 1988. To accompany it, they quickly film a low budget music video (costing only $5,000) on 16mm film. The records’ impact is felt immediately, becoming an instant classic on the street and on club dance floors around the world. “It Takes Two” (#17 R&B, #36 Pop, #3 Club Play), quickly turns Platinum. Its popularity and influence is so vast, that it is widely sampled on other rap, dance, rock and pop records over the next three decades. The album spins off two more singles, including “Get On The Dance Floor” (#6 Rap, #1 Club Play), and “Joy And Pain” (#5 Rap, #11 R&B, #9 Club Play, #58 Pop). In spite this major success, the duo’s time together is short lived. DJ EZ-Rock leaves, with Rob Base continuing as a solo act. Base charts once more on his own with the Gold certified follow up album “The Incredible Base” (#20 R&B, #50 Pop) and the single “Turn It Out (Go Base)” (#23 Club Play) in 1989. Reuniting in 1994, Base & EZ-Rock release the album “Break Of Dawn”, but is not successful and they part ways again. Still regarded as one of the greatest rap singles of all time, “It Takes Two” continues to permeate popular culture. The song has been used in numerous films and TV shows including “Iron Man 2”, “The Ant-Man And The Wasp” and “My Name Is Earl”. It is also prominently featured on the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas”. Out of print on vinyl since its initial release, the album is remastered and reissued to commemorate its thirtieth anniversary on April 21, 2018 for Record Store Day. Limited to only 2,000 copies, the LP is pressed on red vinyl. “It Takes Two” peaks at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirty one on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.