It goes without saying that when the culture loses a legend, the world seems to be at a standstill for quite some time. It shouldn’t be new news to find out that the fashion visionary and legend Virgil Abloh passed away unexpectedly just the other day, and I’m personally still in shock and at a loss for words. The crossover between music and fashion has always been abundantly obvious, so when I hear artists not only wear but talk about a brand or garment, it makes me feel closer to that brand, even if I can’t afford a piece which is the case more often than not.
Virgil touched so many lives with not only his designs and collaborations, but his genuine personality and creativity, and I would be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn’t devastated by this unfortunate loss. The rest of the music world agrees if you’ve been on social media recently, and artists are processing their grief in different ways, but Vic Mensa had a special relationship with him considering they’re both Chicago icons, so he decided to put out a song entitled “”What You Taught Us”” in order to honor the late superstar.
It’s tough for me to even write about this, in all honesty, but Vic does an impeccable job of telling fans not only how amazing of a person he was but also sharing some of the copious amounts of things that Virgil was able to share with us and teach us during his impactful time here on Earth. When asked about this record and Virgil’s influence on the culture, Vic said:
“Virgil Abloh is synonymous with visionary. 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.”
I think that this first-hand experience is definitely something that encompasses his admiration and friendship with Virgil, and he makes sure that he leaves no stones unturned in “”What You Taught Us””, his emotional and remarkable tribute to the late legend.