Virgil Abloh lent his creativity to a variety of Hip-Hop covers
Virgil Abloh, mostly known as the visionary creator of the Off-White brand and the head of Louis Vuitton men’s wear, tragically passed away in November 2021 at the age of 41 from a two-year fight with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Virgil’s influence on the world of music and hip-hop culture cannot be overlooked. Over the past decade, Virgil managed to design album covers for several high-profile hip-hop projects, including iconic album covers for Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Rocky, Pop Smoke, Kid Cudi, and more.
Kanye West ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
Virgil was the art director for West’s 2010 album, MBDTF’s artwork would become a key aspect of what is considered one of the greatest albums of the 21st century.
Kanye West ‘808s & Heartbreak’
Virgil and KAWS joined forces to create a cover that is not only memorable for its music, but just as well, the art direction.
Kanye West & Jay-Z ‘Watch The Throne’
Virgil’s detailed golden art direction for Jay and Kanye’s 2011 collab project established the mystique of the two artists as the kings of hip hop at the turn of the decade.
Lil Uzi Vert ‘Luv is Rage 2’
Virgil was the creative director for Uzi’s debut studio album from 2017. The original cover art did not feature the ‘Off-White’ TAPE X’d over. However, Uzi has always been famous for rocking fashionable, trendy, and expensive brands, including Virgil’s Louis Vuitton. So it would make sense that he would give Virgil the benefit of the doubt of being the creative director.
A$AP Rocky ‘LONG. LIVE. A$AP’
Virgil was also the creative director for Rocky’s debut studio album in 2013. Virgil’s talent clearly rubbed off onto Rocky, who has since become a fashion icon in his own right.
Westside Gunn ‘Pray for Paris’
Gunn’s album was titled ‘Pray for Paris’ shortly after Gunn attended Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Paris fashion show in January 2020. The cover was created by Virgil using Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath while adding Gunn’s personal frequently worn chains, making it one of the most striking picturesque covers of the year.
Rest in Peace Virgil Abloh, a leading driver for the 21st-century connections between fashion, music, and art. May we forever remember this work and dedication.