Lawrence Watson - Eric B. and Chuck D

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.