Some more gems from Complex Con

Complex Con 18 Recap Sizzle Reel (via @Complex)

Talk about stimulation overload. Complex Con had it all last weekend in Long Beach and as a first-timer, I was simply blown away by the creativity, art, and fashion all on display. In fact, it took me a full week just to sift through everything and continue to reflect about the positive impact and community throughout the two days. Here’s just some of many highlights.

For those unaware, Complex Con is basically the hotbed marketplace for the hip hop culture. Users are first treated to an endless space of brand activations from the biggest names in streetwear and your favorite sneaker companies – all trying to outdo one another.

Around the convention center is a full stage and venue for music performances, an outdoor area for the best LA food trucks and pop-up spots, and my personal favorite: auditoriums for #ComplexConversations — where Complex conducted panel discussions and showcased their original programming (from Hot Ones to Real Late with Peter Rosenberg).

The conversations ranged from Sneaker of the Year to an analysis and communal endeavor to improve upon society’s ills today. All of it inspiring, especially the latter if you can imagine. Here’s a succinct example via the young jedi Jaden Smith:

Skim below for some more #content. I had some fun creating a couple Insta Stories for each day.

Day 1 features some snaps of the Complex Con scene, Takashi x OVO, the Sneaker of the Year Panel with Allen Iverson, and even yours truly and Maksim Presence (peep that Gary Vee interview!)

…and Day 2 features a bunch of celebrity cameos (everyone from Nas to Karreuche to Dennis Rodman) and concludes with some more gems from Jaden Smith.

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DAY 2:

And now for some photos! All of the below is via @Complex.

Complex Con 2018 Host: Takashi Murakami

 

‘Women Behind The Lens’ #ComplexConversations with Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Karena Evans, Nadeska Alexis, Yara Shahidi, hosted by: Jemele Hill

 

The Cadillac Experience My personal favorite. That grid moved. 👀

 

adidas

 

Pusha T @ adidas

 

Ty Dolla $ign @ Puma

 

Future headlines Day 2

 

First We Feast Lagoon

 

Complex Art Experience

 

@MichaelPurdie dunks at the And-1 court

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Let’s conclude this with The Answer. Complex posted this fascinating sit-down interview for 24 minutes as A.I. shares stories with Michael Jordan, Biggie, and how he even came up with some fashion and sneaker trends.

Thank you Complex Con! We’ll be back again next year. 🙏

Future f/ Drake “Where Ya At”

Future & Drake go for some wine dining in their new visual for “Where Ya At” above. This building we get a glimpse off too is pretty sleek. Get a look at the life these stars are living though throughout.

OVO Fest Recap: Drake roasts Meek Mill, brings out Kanye, Pharrell, Skepta, Future

Live updates comin’ in from Toronto as the expected star-studded OVO Fest affair is going off without a hitch… and going on with a bevy of guest stars.

Widely expected surprise/not so surprise guests Kanye West, Skepta, and Future all appeared. (UPDATE: Pharrell too. Didn’t expect that one!) The former sounds like he had his own concert within Drake’s concert, in fact. And to top it off, Drake roasted Meek Mill with a slideshow of MEMEs. (I led it off above with my favorite, and I’m sure there’s more.) The tweets/clips below, to be updated throughout the night. At posting time, Kanye’s set is still going on. Wow. (UPDATES on the top now as the fest closed with “Know Yourself” and apparently “Back To back” again.)

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And oh yeah, he performed “Charged Up” & “Back To Back”. Diggin’ this Cory Joe OVO jersey too. Gonna be on the court this year. Recent!

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Oh, while we wait for “3Peat”…

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50 Cent watching this all unfold from his phone… haha!

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Same with Meek, smh.

Gotta clean my teeth b4 I talk dirty @affordablelookplus boston George!

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UPDATE: Pharrell a true surprise guest. https://twitter.com/thefader/status/628390556268396544

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Thank you @champagnepapi #OVOfest 🙏🏾

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Ibn Jasper with the snap of the night:

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Future ‘Dirty Sprite 2’ (Album Stream)

As expected, here’s the full stream of Dirty Sprite 2 with Drake remaining the only feature on “Where Ya At”, first heard earlier today. Here’s the production credits too.

1. “Thought It Was A Drought” (prod. by Metro Boomin & Allen Ritter)
2. “I Serve the Base” (prod. by Metro Boomin)
3. “Where Ya At” (Feat. Drake) (prod. by Metro Boomin)
4. “Groupies” (prod. by Metro Boomin, Southside, & Sonny Digital)
5. “Lil One” (prod. by Metro Boomin & Southside)
6. “Stick Talk” (prod. by Southside)
7. “Freak Hoe” (prod. by Metro Boomin)
8. “Rotation” (prod. by Metro Boomin & Southside)
9. “Slave Master” (prod. by Metro Boomin & Southside)
10. “Blow A Bag” (prod. by Metro Boomin, Southside, & Sonny Digital)
11. “Colossal” (prod. by Zaytoven)
12. “Rich $ex” (prod. by Metro Boomin, Frank Dukes, & Southside)
13. “Blood On The Money” (prod. by Metro Boomin, Cassius Jay, & Zaytoven)
14. “Trap Ni**as” (prod. by Southside)
15. “The Percocet & Stripper Joint” (prod. by Southside)
16. “Real Sisters” (prod. by Zaytoven)
17. “Kno The Meaning” (prod. by Southside)
18. “F*ck Up Some Commas” (prod. by DJ Spinz and Southside)

Future ‘Dirty Sprite 2’ (Tracklist)

Future’s Dirty Sprite 2 album is suddenly on the way this Friday and with it comes the first look at the tracklist. Drake is the only confirmed feature as you can see across 18 new tracks set to drop below.

1. “Thought It Was A Drought”
2. “I Serve the Base”
3. “Where Ya At” (Feat. Drake)
4. “Groupies”
5. “Lil One”
6. “Stick Talk”
7. “Freak Hoe”
8. “Rotation”
9. “Slave Master”
10. “Blow A Bag”
11. “Colossal”
12. “Rich $ex”
13. “Blood On The Money”
14. “Trap Ni**as”
15. “The Percocet & Stripper Joint”
16. “Real Sisters”
17. “Kno The Meaning”
18. “F*ck Up Some Commas”

Future “56 Nights”

I’m trying to get into Future like the rest of ya (pause) but it just hasn’t happened yet. A video like “56 Nights” though makes me come around a little bit more though. He delivers some sleek black and white visuals today for the song inspired by the 56 nights he spent in a Dubai prison for marijuana possession. Watch and see that reenacted above.