Vic Mensa – What You Taught Us (Audio, Lyrics)

Date 2021-12-01

Category Foreign Music, Lyrics, New Music

Listen to Vic Mensa’s new self-produced song, “What You Taught Us”. Listen, stream, buy, read the lyrics, mp3 download.

Vic Mensa What You Taught Us

Vic Mensa What You Taught Us

While Virgil Abloh is best known for his work with Off-White, and most recently, with Louis Vuitton, his impact on music and the music industry is undeniable. His designs graced the covers of some of the most iconic albums of the last twenty years, and his ability to flow between disciplines and maintain his status as a fashion mogul and one of the most sought after DJs in the world inspired a generation to be everything they could be creative.

Since his death on Sunday, tributes to the late legend have poured in across all social media. Drake, Frank Ocean, Young Thug and so many others from the combined world of fashion and music paid their respects to Abloh, sharing memories and the reasons why Virgil inspired them to achieve greatness.

Yesterday, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa released “What You Taught Us,” a record dedicated to Abloh. Reminiscing about past experiences alongside Virgil and what he meant to the culture, and to Chicago specifically, Mensa spends two minutes painting a picture of a man who was larger than life and determined to open every door he could for future generations.

On “What You Taught Us,” Mensa pens a beautiful tribute to Abloh, a man who meant so much to the fashion and hip hop communities, and whose legacy will live on through the art he created, and the art he inspired.

Vic Mensa – What You Taught Us (prod. VIC MENSA)


That’s what you taught us
That’s what you—
Is it recording?

Sittin’ in front of this blank canvas
My words are brushes to paint my colors
I’m feelin’ kinda blue like Miles Davis LP
‘Cause a legend that I knew but I’d never known was unhealthy
Left to heaven much too soon most I could do was post a selfie
It’s a strange phenomenon when time is gone from life’s [pockets]
Snapshot of humans existence into a tight crop
One photograph to speak to thousands of interactions
Synthesized into a two-sentence instant caption
In the past, I ruminated on the ways I’d be illuminated
Would my truths be debated or flaws brought back to life?
When Kobe passed and Gayle spoke on his allegations, although, she made valid statements, some thought the time and place wasn’t right
I pose a question, can one not be imperfect and celebrate it?
Confess all of my pain and these verses be separated
Who knows [?] can’t buy more time or more loopholes to keep you on this green earth
So we be wanna [?] to speak first to [?] perspective, you keep ‘em guessin’
Revolution and practice like a Huey P lecture
That’s what you taught us, divide convention, buy invention
That’s what you brought us, divine invention, timeless vision
Got me thinkin’ ’bout my time more efficient and recognition
Tomorrow ain’t promised if I could borrow an honest opinion of myself, I know I’ve been lookin’ for help that could only come from within
Patience been runnin’ thin for external validation
You showed us we could all be designers of our own destinies of our legacies, our environments from Chicago streets to Paris fashion weeks
Above and beyond, the limitations that they placed on us
That’s what you taught us
That’s what you taught us
That’s what you—
That’s what you taught us

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