“Celebrities Never Die”
Vic Mensa has shared a new track titled ‘What You Taught Us’, a tribute to the late Virgil Abloh.
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The DJ and influential fashion designer of Louis Vuitton and Off White passed away on Sunday (November 28) after a private battle with cancer for several years.
After his passing, people like Drake, Kevin Abstract and Phineas paid their respects online. Frank Ocean later shared a tribute to his “hero,” while Kanye West’s Sunday Service covered Adele’s “In Loving Memory” of Abloh.
Now, rapper Mensa has released a “posthumous letter” to his fellow Chicago native in the form of a new song. ‘What You Taught Us’ sees the cast reflect on the pair’s relationship and Abloh’s legacy.
You can listen to ‘What You Taught Us’ here:
“Virgil Abloh is synonymous with visionary,” Mensa explained. “Watching them go from DJing superfun parties in Chicago to the Hollywood holt I snapped at the age of 16 to revolutionize the way I thought about design and its applications, it was a true inspiration to that generation.” Which was raised under his protection. Famous people never die.”
A statement was shared on Abloh’s official Instagram page on the news of his passing. “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a staunchly devoted father, husband, son, brother and friend,” it read.
The Post confirmed that Abloh had “valiantly battled cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer”, adding: “He chose to endure his battles privately since his diagnosis in 2019, following several challenging treatments. All of them helped many important institutions that span fashion, art and culture.”
Later, the message praised Abloh’s “dedication to his craft” and “his mission to open doors to others and to pave the way for greater equality in art and design”.