May 23: Karl Kani Was Born. (1968)

May 23, 1968 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Carl “Karl Kani” Williams was born in Costa Rica. Karl Kani would grow up to: (1) move to Brooklyn with his family as a child, (2) begin making clothes at the age of 16, (3) establish Karl Kani clothing brand, (4) be a 50/50 partner with Cross Colours, (6) get his name out by pushing his line via Hip-Hop artists like Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D, LL Cool J & Public Enemy and (7) be named as the most successful Black owned firm in 1996.

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