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.

DAY 1:

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. 🙏

Will Smith in the studio with Kanye

I went into the studio with Kanye. I’m thinking about it. I’m exploring.

Will Smith, pondering a music comeback and I think Kanye is a great person to connect with for some fresh sounds. Hopefully this continues to pan out organically and of course high quality. Will’s also leaning on his son Jaden for a platform to create from.

“My son tells me I have to write out the things I don’t like,” Smith says. “I can’t write and stop. I have to keep going and going and write them out. I’ve never worked like that before but I think I might give that a shot.”

h/t The Guardian

Jaden Smith — This Is The Album (EP)

Jaden Smith is back with a new 3-track project, like the form of his sister’s, and it’s cleverly titled This Is The Album. His lazy flow has a slickness to it that’s appealing, as evidenced from the very start with “Scarface”.

He continues on “4 My 1”, premiering a video for it below too and delivering a lot of thought-provoking one-liners that remind me of his tweets. Finally, “Weekend in Atlantis” features some fast rapping and slow harmonizing with also my favorite production of the 3. All worth a look/listen below:

Jaden Smith ‘Cool Tape Vol. 2 EP’

Jaden Smith sees your surprise release and matches it with one of his own. Here’s his new 8 track EP — Volume 2 of his Cool Tape series. There’s been a lot of buzz about his legit rhymes in recent weeks so I’m lookin’ to check this out. I did sense a Gambino influence on “Fire” already, so something to keep your ears peeled on too.

DOWNLOAD: Jaden Smith ‘Cool Tape Vol. 2 EP’

Jaden Smith ‘Prakruti EP’

I guess Jaden & Willow are on a 3-track per release wavelength. It’s probably coincidence but they also release these new projects within a week of each other in honor of someone’s birthday. Willow’s was her own, Jaden releases this Prakruti EP as a bday gift for, assuming, close friend Kendall Jenner.

*shrugs* Here’s the stream, with production from Teo.