Watch how Kendrick Lamar Performs From the Front Row at Louis Vuitton

Virgil Abloh, the late creative director of the company who passed away in November 2021, was honored by Kendrick Lamar today from the front row of the Louis Vuitton Men's show in Paris while donning a crown of thorns. 

Lamar gave a mix of songs from his most recent album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, with an orchestral backing, including "N95," "Savior," "Rich Spirit," and "Count Me Out." He finished the performance with the chant, "Long live Virgil." He makes an appearance just before the 13-minute mark in the video below. He was dressed in a slate-gray LV suit, silver-tipped cowboy boots, and what appeared to be the same diamond-covered crown that he wore for the Mr. Morale album artwork. He was seated between his pgLang partner Dave Free and model Naomi Campbell. 

In the finale of the event, which featured a looping roller coaster of a yellow brick road, models walked down the runway while Kendrick Lamar provided the soundtrack. (The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz were references in abloh's early Vuitton collections.) The complete LV men's crew strolled down the yellow runway to wrap out the show in place of Abloh. 

And this isn't Kendrick's first time paying homage to Virgil: in February, Lamar performed during the Super Bowl halftime show with Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem while donning a special Abloh-designed Louis Vuitton outfit. 

Lamar is scheduled to perform as the opening act at the Glastonbury music festival in England on Sunday.


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