The summertime skirts and the guys in kani

from Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In the summer, girls wear short skirts. On a related note, girls themselves are sometimes called, “skirts”.

Karl Kani (born Carl Williams) established a popular line of clothing geared toward hip hop culture in the 1990s.

Biggie in all his Kani glory

While many brands and styles had seen popularity among hip-hop artists and fans, Kani, also called ‘The Originator’, was the first to take inspiration from and aim his line directly toward the hip-hop community. Thus he paved the way for brands like FUBU, Sean Jean, Eckō, Rocawear, Enyce, Bape, and others (many, many others.)

He has been recognized for his contribution by the Urban Fashion Awards, Black Enterprise Magazine, and The Big Dog himself, Pres. Bill Clinton. Legend has it he took his name from his childhood ur-question: “Can I?” (Be the Ralph Lauren of the streets, e.g.)

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