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Vic Mensa Shares Virgil Abloh Tribute Song



Vic Mensa has released a song acting as a posthumous letter to Virgil Abloh, entitled “What You Taught Us”.

Of Mensa and Abloh

Mensa dropped the song yesterday. The track focuses on Mensa going through a wave of emotions after hearing the news. He then goes on to rap about the abstract concepts of time and communication. Mensa is also thinking about what his own legacy will be after he has died. He then ends the song by going back to Abloh, remembering his legacy and influence.

Abloh and Mensa both began their careers in the Chicago scene. “Virgil Abloh is synonymous with visionary,” Mensa said in a statement. “To see him go from DJing Superfun parties in Chicago that Hollywood Holt would sneak me in when I was 16 to revolutionizing the way we think about design and its applications is a true inspiration to a generation that was blessed to be raised under his tutelage. Legends never die.”

Abloh’s long legacy

Virgil Abloh died Sunday. He was fighting a years-long battle against a rare and aggressive form of cancer, called cardiac angiosarcoma, a tumor in the heart. Upon his death, a statement appeared on Abloh’s official Instagram page. “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend.” It also praised Abloh’s “dedication to his craft” and “his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design”.

Artists such as Adele, Drake, Kanye West, and many more have been paying their respects to Abloh online. Among the many are such names as actor Idris Alba, Pharrell Williams, and of course, his collaborative partners at Louis Vuitton. It’s CEO, Bernard Arnault, also gave his condolences in an official statement. Indeed, West dedicated his most recent Sunday Service to the memory of Abloh. Elsewhere, Frank Ocean made his own tribute to the legendary designer. To read more on how his remarkable legacy, click here.


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Written by Justin Acosta

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Justin Acosta lives in Barstow, California. He recently graduated from University of California Davis and is excited to have a job and prove himself. He has a speech impediment, but he is not going to let that slow him down.

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