Kanye West covers Adele’s “Easy on You” in memory of the late designer Virgil Abloh

Kanye West dedicated the last part of his Donda Live Sunday Service to the late artist and designer Virgil Abloh, who died at the age of 42 on November 28, following a battle with cancer, with a performance of Adele’s recent hit “Easy on Me”.

The Sunday Service Collective Yemix, directed by Jason White and arranged by Lenny Wee and Anthony “Jawan” McEastland, was broadcast live on the Donda Live website following news of Abloh’s death. The choir sang through a very moving rendition of Adele’s song from her most recent album 30, rework some of the original lyrics while singing, Take it easy, father / I’m still your child / And I need the chance to / Feel your love aroundIn the chorus.

The words “In Memory of Virgil Abloh, Creative Director of” Donda “” appeared onscreen during the livestream of the creator, who died after privately battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the heart, for two years. .

Abloh’s family announced his death on their social media accounts, writing: “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely father, husband, son, brother and friend dedicated… Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was motivated by his dedication to his profession and his mission to open doors for others and create ways for greater equality in art and design. He would often say, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself”, deeply believing in the power of art to inspire future generations .

A longtime friend of West, who recently legally changed his name to Ye, since the late 2000s, Abloh most recently served as artistic director of West Donda’s content company.

Starting his career as an intern at Fendi, Abloh launched clothing brands Pyrex Vision and Off-White while working with Louis Vuitton, where he was promoted to artistic director of the brand’s men’s collection in 2018.

Abloh’s career spanned beyond fashion and returned to music, designing several cover art for West, including his fourth album, 808 and heartache, version 2010 My beautiful twisted dark fantasy Andyeezus in 2013, as well as album covers for A $ AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Pusha-T and the late rapper Pop Smoke.

Kenneth T. Shippee