Beat Positive, Getty Images Gallery
Today, hip-hop is at the forefront of pop-culture, but its beginnings were far more humble. Beat Positive, a new exhibition at Getty Images Gallery takes us back to its early days, bringing to life hip-hop's pioneering figures through a collection of photographs by British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio.
Beckman and Corio's images, many of which will be familiar to fans of the genre, will be featured alongside never-before-seen material from the Michael Ochs, Right On! and Redferns archives.
Here's a selection of our favourites from the exhibition to whet your appetite. Make sure to head down by 4 August to catch the rest of them.
Eric B and Rakim, 14th Street in New York City, circa 1989. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
This snap of American hip-hop duo, Erik B and Rakim, featuring a ludicrously blinged-up Erik B, really conveys that bravado which has been an essential aspect of hip-hop ever since its conception, and which remains so today.