His face on his Shirt Kings

from Nas – A Queens Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Shirt Kings was a graffiti-inspired fashion company from Jamaica, Queens. Working out of the famous Colosseum Mall, they airbrushed custom designs (your face, posse name, favourite cartoon character etc) onto t-shirts and sweaters.

Queens legends LL Cool J and Jam Master Jay were early customers, and rappers from other boroughs came to Queens just to cop the gear. You can see artists like Audio Two and Just Ice rocking it on old record sleeves.

Along with Harlem’s Dapper Dan, Shirt Kings was some of the flyest shit out in late 80s New York. Check out the Shirt Kings book for the full story.

Nas and Prodigy both shout out Shirt Kings on Run DMC’s “Queens Day”.

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