It Takes Two (Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock song)  

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"It Takes Two" is a 1988 hip hop song by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock. It has been certified platinum. It was ranked 37 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song samples heavily from Lyn Collins' 1972 song "Think (About It)", using multiple drum breaks, the well known "Woo! Yeah!" sample, as well as the lyric sung by Collins which gives It Takes Two its title. The famous introduction of the song is spoken over a sample of "Space Dust" by The Galactic Force Band (1978).

Sampling and covers

In popular culture

  • In David Simon's 1991 book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, which covers the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide department in 1988, Simon calls the song "the summer's hands-down winner for Sound of the Ghetto" and uses its lyrics to frame a chapter summarizing murders and other violent acts that occur over the course of the summer.
  • This song is ranked #18 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s and #80 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 80's.

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