Today on BBC Radio 6 Music Hip Hop Hooray celebrates the music, history and stars of a scene which started over three decades ago in New York's South Bronx. It's 30 years since the release of the seminal Eric B. and Rakim debut album Paid In Full, which has gone on to be one of the most influential and important records from one of the golden ages of hip hop. In celebration, BBC Radio 6 Music shows are playing back-to-back hip hop from across the genres which make up its family tree - from soul, jazz and funk to blues and disco.
Chuck D has frequently cited Eric B. & Rakim's first single, the innovative "Eric B. Is President" for pushing Public Enemy to develop a new sound for their second album, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. "It changed the whole terrain of rap," Chuck D said, describing how in awe of "Eric B. Is President" he was upon hearing it originally.
Lawrence took these classic shots of Erik B. and Chuck D in New York in 1987.
Erased Tapes Records are hosting a Q&A with Rob and musician, Rival Consoles next Thursday 17th August. You can see Rob's All Of This installation and hear about some of the record sleeves he has designed for Rival Consoles. Tickets are limited and are available here.
James Brown has a lovely new website featuring projects for The East End Trades Guild, Truman's Beer, The Poetry Society, The Guardian, Walker Books, V&A, Barbican Shop and many more. Check it out here.
New album cover shot by Dean - Don Letts and the "Culture Clash Radio" compilation "spanning time, space and genres". Specially curated by Don, this album celebrates the diversity of the Culture Clash BBC Radio 6 music show. "I'm a child of the vinyl generation with an analogue attitude that was informed by the music i consumed. This is a selection of sounds that spoke to my head, my heart and my feet - tracks that moved me... we're talking a kaleidoscope of sounds... designed for you to move on up and get on down". As featured in the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition.
A World of Cities illustrated by James Brown will be published by Walker Books later this year.
Stone Island SS 1983 Tela Stella jacket with reflective detailing from the second ever year of production. Shot by Wilma for the Too Hot X Harvey Nichols pop up.
'All Of This' is a 4 metre high installation cut from a single sheet of birch ply and painted. The piece is about connectivity and something being greater than the sum of its parts. It is on display at Erased Tapes Sound Gallery, 174 Victoria Park Road, open Fri 6-8pm, Sat 12-8pm and Sun 12-6pm.
Supermundane was one of 30 artists asked to illustrate text for London Pride. These posters will be popping up all over London this week so keep your eyes peeled. #LoveHappensHere
Violet shot for Moon Issue 5 - styling by Verity Pemberton, hair by Federico Ghezzi, make-up by Megumi Matsuno.
Dean Chalkley photographed, along with other key creatives, by Mark Mattock, for Jocks & Nerds X agnès b - as published in the new summer issue of Jocks out now and currently exhibited at the agnès b Floral Street store.