When hip-hop rose from the streets of the South Bronx and Queens in the early '80s, British photographers Janette Beckman and David Corio were on the front lines, capturing pioneers like Afrika Bambaataa, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, Roxanne Shanté, and others for music publications like NME and Melody Maker. Their work is now being showcased in an exhibition titled Catch the Beat at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York City, which also includes their pics of early punk icons like the Ramones and the Clash.
Here, Beckman and Corio tell SPIN about hanging with some of hip-hop's great before they were stars
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