Kanye West on Virgil Abloh: ‘The only person I could have asked’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kanye tweeted the video of the cover on Twitter

Kanye West, whose career was helped by creative director Virgil Abloh, has paid tribute to the designer and creative director of Off-White.

Abloh created the Kanye cover of Adele’s Hello single while Kanye was using the producer’s name as the title for his album The Life of Pablo.

Abloh has also worked with West’s fashion line, and the pair have been pictured together in shoots.

“We lost one of the greatest creatives of our time today,” said West.

West, 40, who was due to release his new album later this month, said Abloh was “the only person who could have convinced me to release [The Life of Pablo] under this name”.

“I would be lying if I said we didn’t know each other and not always kinda hint at future collaborations,” added West, who has three children.

West paid tribute to Abloh on Twitter with a message which read: “Thank you so much for always allowing me to further push the envelope… I love you.”

Abloh said that while he was “honoured and humble” by the praise, the two had not worked together since release of their latest album.

Image copyright Supplied Image caption Off-White was once a delivery-based company with Abloh as head designer

“Kanye and his Family is like a second family to me,” said Abloh.

“They’ve taught me what it means to be a true artist and family. I’m inspired by all they’ve accomplished, and deeply saddened by their loss.”

West was released from hospital earlier this month following a mental breakdown last year.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Abloh joined Kanye West’s design team in 2010

Abloh joined West’s team in 2010 and left last year to found Off-White, which has been a firm success on the hip-hop scene.

The Style Council member previously worked at Louis Vuitton and a succession of other high-end fashion houses.

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