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ComplexCon Comes To Chicago

You heard it! Complex Networks is bringing ComplexCon to Chicago next year!

More than 60,000 fangs attended ComplexCon in Long Beach last month, making it the most successful ‘Con in the event’s three-year history, and now ComplexCon is expanding to the heartbeat of the Midwest. For fans who can’t wait until next November for the annual ComplexCon in Long Beach, Complex Networks announces today that it is adding to a ComplexCon in Chicago on July 20 & 21, 2019 at McCormick Place.

Those who know, know that ComplexCon is the expertly curated, groundbreaking convention and festival that brings the world of Complex to life through pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.

ComplexCon Chicago will pay homage to the city’s unique and distinct influence on pop culture.

Then into ComplexCon.com and follow ComplexCon on Instagram for details about ticket on-sale dates and other important information.

Jordan Hollywood Releases The Video for “Finally”

Just recently, the 25-year old rapper-singer-songwriter and Broward Country native Jordan Hollywood releases his music video for “Finally,” which is the title track off his Quality Music Control Music debut EP FINALLY.

Watch the video HERE and listen to the EP HERE

In “Finally,” Jordan continues his trend of having cinematic visuals working with his longtime video director Christian Breslauer. The opening scene finds him in the center of a storm. This symbolizes Jordan’s feelings about people who betrayed him. He was hurt but instead of dwelling he channels that energy into hustling harder. The final scene displays half the room waking up from a slumber, which symbolizes people are finally starting to notice Jordan Hollywood.

“Finally” has so many different emotions for me. These built up emotions turned me into a new person. People counted me out. People turned their backs on me. People have been sleeping on me my whole career. Now people are finally waking up,” said Jordan on the video.

Jordan also recently released the music videos for “Leave Me” and “Let Me Find Out” which features Lil Baby. The video gained over a million views within a week of its release and now clocks over 7.5 million views. “Let Me Find Out” is also impacting airwaves as the second most added song at urban radio.

Jordan has been in the game as a co-writer for French Montana, Jason Derulo, and more. He spent time ghost writing for different rappers. Jordan has been releasing music since 2011 as a teenager and has collaborated with Yo Gotti, Lil Baby, Ronny J, Tory Lanez, Lil Durk, Hitmaka, and longtime producers SkipOnDaBeat (G-Eazy, Kodak Black) and platinum record making producer Smash David (Big Sean, Khalid, Chris Brown). Jordan comes from the diverse Broward County, the same area that spawned a slew of rappers from Kodak Black, Smokepurpp, Lil Pump and the late XXXTENTACION.

Flash Mob Disrupts UN 20,000 Rally For World Law to Save Humanity

A Broadway actor leapt over a barricade to the front of the United Nations Assembly and interrupted the proceedings with a demand for peace and world law to protect human rights for all.

“And if you won’t do it, step aside and a Peoples World Assembly will arise from our own ranks to do it,” shouted actor Garry Davis, a war veteran and former bomber pilot.

UN security forces grabbed Davis, but as they tussled with him, war-hero Robert Sarrazac leapt up on the opposite balcony and shouted in French: “In the name of the people of the world not represented here, I interrupt!”

Other protesters scattered among the audience leapt up to continue the speech: “The nations you represent divide us and lead us to the abyss of total war.”

Delegates were shocked–until it became clear this was a coordinated action. Then many applauded and joined in.

On December 9, outside the UN, 20,000 supporters rallied to demand that world law be passed to protect human rights for all.

The December 9th rally was a historic first, in that it occurred seventy years ago today, and was part of the massive people-power movement which helped trigger the unanimous passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) the very next day: December 10th, 1948.

In a clip released to the press at https://vimeo.com/297521680 one of the protesters, Pierre Bergé, said the interruption of the United Nations General Assembly in Paris was planned and executed by “very famous writers” including Albert Camus.

Bergé called the disruption “a political comedy” and said it was designed to give people hope for a better way to run our world. “We have to dream, because the only way to catch the reality is to dream.”

The hidden history of how one man’s bold action helped spark a massive movement on the eve of this great leap forward for humanity is told in a forthcoming film “The World is My Country.”

Here is an excerpt:

Because this 70th anniversary event is so relevant to the hot-button issues in today’s world, the filmmakers are making a special password-protected preview version available online–for one week only. To sign up for this advance preview click on this link and select “Free Preview.”

Los Angeles area media and others are invited to meet the director at a preview screening of the film December 8th at 6:30 PM at 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230.

For more information about Garry and the passage of the UDHR see the article in the German magazine Spiegel.

Gryffin Shares Stunning New Single “Bye Bye” feat. Ivy Adara

Just recently, Los Angeles-based artist and producer Gryffin has released a new single titled “Bye Bye” ft. Ivy Adara. Released via Darkroom/Geffen Records, the track is available now through all digital retailers.

Listen to “Bye Bye” by Gryffin ft. Ivy Adara here!

Gryffin has also just announced a December 14th release date for part one of his long-awaited full-length debut, Gravity Pt. 1. The first part of the album will include a sixth single, “Bye Bye,” and previously released singles like “Remember” ft. Zohara, “Just For A Moment” ft. Iselin, “Winnebago” ft. Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson, and “Tie Me Down” ft. Elley Duhe.

“Bye Bye” arrives as the follow-up to “Remember,” an October release praised for its “energetic, funky club floor feeling” by Billboard. With its brilliant balance of massive drums and delicate textures, “Bye Bye” draws a deep emotional power from Ivy Adara’s magnetic vocals. An Australian singer-songwriter, Adara penned “Bye Bye” and has also written for artists like Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, and Bebe Rexha.

Next month, Gryffin will embark on The Gravity Tour, a highly anticipated North American run. Kicking off on December 28 in Pomona, California, the tour also includes stops in Washington D.C., Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, and more. Tickets are on sale at www.gryffinofficial.com. See the full list of shows below.

Ahead of The Gravity Tour, Gryffin is geared up for a sold-out show at the Hollywood Palladium just not too long ago–livestreamed by LiveXLive.

Dates for The Gravity Tour:

  • December 28: Pomona, CA @ Fox Theatre
  • January 25: Philadelphia, PA  Theatre of Living Arts
  • January 26: Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
  • January 31: Boston, MA @ House of Blues
  • February 1: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
  • February 5: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
  • February 6: South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom
  • February 7: Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
  • February 8: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
  • February 9: Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
  • February 10: Madison, WI @Majestic Theatre
  • February 15: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
  • February 16: Setattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
  • February 17: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
  • February 20: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
  • February 21: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
  • February 23: San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

More on GRYFFIN

Born Dan Griffith, Gryffin got his start in music as a classically trained pianist and guitarist, and played in several bands. After receiving an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, he pursused a path in music production, drawing equally from his carefully honed musicality and edgy ingenuity. Gryffin made his breakthrough in 2016 with two singles showcasing his melodic take on dance music: “Heading Home” ft. Josef Salvat (which shot to #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral charts) and the Bipolar Sunshine collaboration “Whole Heart.” In addition, his 2017 smash single “Feel Good”– with Illenium and featuring Daya–peaked at #18 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Gryffin’s recent triumphs include “Tie Me Down” ft. Elley Duhe, an August 2018 release that hit #2 on the Spotify US Viral Chart and #9 on the Global Viral Chart. He’s not at work on Gravity Pt. 2, which is due out next year.

Devon Gilfillian: Winter Wonderland

Devon Gilfillian ushers in the holiday season with an infectious, soulful take on Winter Wonderland. Download it here!

“I decided to cover ‘Winter Wonderland’ because it takes me back to being a kid in Philly, watching inches upon inches of snow fall to the ground and praying for those three extra snow days to be added to Christmas break,” explains Gilfillian. “It takes me back to Pops making silver dollar pancakes on Christmas morning, and singing Bing Crosby’s version of this tune. I wanted to hold on to the nostalgia I feel from this song but also put a modern soul spin to it.”

Hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene, Gilfillian will close out 2018 with a December 6 show at Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA, where he will open for Mavis Staples, and a performance at Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville.

He will join Brothers Osborne on the road next spring. The run kicks off on March 21 at The Fillmore in New Orleans and includes an April 3 show at The Novo in Los Angeles. Gilfillian will also perform at the 2019 Shakey Knees Festival in Atlanta. See below for itinerary. Tickets are on sale HERE.

Winter Wonderland follows the singles Truth, High. and Troublemaker. Troublemaker, which was praised by Rolling Stone as a raucous heaping of swampy soul and rock, was heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming/advertising. Gilfillian performed the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Gilfillian, who is featured in the Frye Americana Roots campaign and was recently named as a Southwest Airlines “Artist on the Rise,” grew up outside Philadelphia and moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time. In 2016, he released his debut EP, which NPR Music said, “captures his exuberance and musical openness, setting the stage for what promises to be a brilliant career.” Gilfillian is currently working on his full-length debut.

88Glam Drops New Album 88Glam2

Just recently, buzzing Canadian hip-hop duo 88GLAM have released their new album 88GLAM2 via CO/Republic Records–get it here!

A nocturnal triptych of neon electronics, woozy hip-hop, and impressively deft rapping, the record showcases every side of two-piece–Derek Wise and 88 Camino. Its forward-thinking futurism positions the group for a major mainstream breakthrough. Just last week, they teased the forthcoming arrival of 88GLAM2 with the release of the single “Lil Boat.” Within a week, it cracked 500K Spotify streams and attracted praise from Complex, HotNewHipHop, and more.

From the hypnotic crunch of “Purple Baguettes” through the smoked-out finale “Endz,” the album dips in and out of a myriad of sonic styles and worlds, bringing its own vibrant vision to life in the process.

88GLAM2 arrives hot on the heels of the group’s Spring project 88GLAM: Reloaded. Its lead single “Bali” (feat. Nav) impressively eclipsed 32 million Spotify streams with “12” nearing 10 million and “Kyrie” dunking over 8 million. Additionally, the group has earned acclaim from Billboard, HotNewHipHop, XXL, and more. 88GLAM only continues to skyrocket towards hip-hop supremacy.

Beat Bugs: Season 3 Soundtrack Set For Release

The soundtrack to the third season of Josh Wakely’s animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs released on November 16th as announced by Republic Records. The soundtrack release comes after the Beat Bugs Season 3 debut on Netflix which premiered back in November 9th.

Beat Bugs: Season 3 soundtrack is available now at this link

Check out the trailer for Beat Bugs Season 2 HERE.

Following the success of the first 2 seasons and a 48-minute special on Netflix, Season 3 attracted a myriad of talent to reimagine classics by The Beatles for a new generation. Yusuf/Cat Stevens recorded “Here Comes The Sun,” while rising Vermont indie pop troubadour Noah Kahan delivered a show-stopping rendition of “You Won’t See Me.” Samantha Gongol of Marian Hill takes on the classic “Let It Be,” Chloe Kohanski adds millennial sunshine to “A Day In The Life,” and Welshly Arms amplify the rock ‘n’ roll gusto of “Revolution.”

Wakely’s Beat Bugs stands out as the perfect gateway for kids to experience the canon of The Beatles.

Beat Bugs Season 3 Tracklisting:

  1. Yusuf/Cat Stevens– “Here Comes The Sun”
  2. Noah Kahan– “You Won’t See Me”
  3. Samantha Gongol– “Let It Be”
  4. Welshly Arms– “Revolution”
  5. The Beat Bugs– “Hey Jude”
  6. The Beat Bugs– “Baby You’re A Rich Man”
  7. The Beat Bugs– “Paperback Writer”
  8. The Beat Bugs– “I’m Only Sleeping”
  9. Chloe Kohanski– “A Day In The Life”
  10. The Beat Bugs– “Yesterday”
  11. The Beat Bugs– “Mother Nature’s Son”
  12. The Beat Bugs– “Good Morning, Good Morning”
  13. The Beat Bugs– “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
  14. The Beat Bugs– “Oh! Darling”
  15. The Beat Bugs– “The Long And Winding Road”

The Emmy®-winning series and its music have garnered widespread critical praise. The New York Times wrote, “Like most enduring animation series, the writing in Beat Bugs is crafted to appeal to children as well as thier parents, with plenty of allusions to lyrics.” In its piece on the show, Rolling Stone said that by engaging with Beat Bugs kids are “experiencing the music of the Beatles in a way their parents and grandparents never imagined.” The Wall Street Journal also ran an in-depth piece, while Variety covered the project in this article, calling the covers in the series “richly orchestrated.”

Beat Bugs was created by Wakely, following a groundbreaking deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and is produced by his Grace: a storytelling company. Wakely personally selected each of these songs for his integration into the series’ episodes and was closely involved in the music’s production, arranging and mixing. Melodia was formed by the principals of Beat Bugs’ production entities to release music from this series, as well as future film, television, and theatrical endeavors, in conjunction with the company’s partners.

About Grace: a storytelling company:

Grace is a global independent film and television development and production banner led by filmmaker Josh Wakely. Grace’s output is distinguished by innovation, and imaginative creative and business partnerships, combined to cultivate transformative storytelling. Based out of Australia and the US, Grace is committed to producing intelligent, elevatedm talent-driven film and television projects to the worldwide audience.

Icewear Vezzo Returns With New Track “European”

Just recently, Detroit underground icon Icewear Vezzo returns with a new track European. This is his second release under his recently minted deal with Motown and Capitol Music Group.

Get it here.

Adding to the excitement for his upcoming mix-tape, Icewear Vezzo celebrates this moment with a music video for European–check it out here!

Icewear Vezzo proudly leads a new era of Motor City hip-hop. His explosive discography encompasses the fan favorite Clarity mixtape series and breakout Moonwalken, which boasted beats from heavyweights such as Zaytoven and TM 88. Following a stint in Federal Prison, he ignited 2018 as his biggest year yet. In addition to a triumphant return to the stage at Detroit’s Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, he dropped the acclaimed 337 EP with Earlly Mac and set the internet abalze with the brash and blunt banger Drank God Back Freestyle. Mass Appeal predicted, Detroit’s best hope at a singular star is Icewear Vezzo, and Hypebeast dubbed him, “The King of Contemporary Detroit Rap.” A pillar of his community, he also owned the local haunt Chicken Talk restaurant.

With his surefire spitting and slick storytelling, he ushers in the next generation of Detroit legends.

Kemba Releases New Single “Exhale” Feat. Smino

Just recently, rising Bronx rapper Kemba shares his new single “Exhale” (feat. Smino).

Get it here!

“Exhale” only scratches the surface of Kemba’s immense lyrical talent. It acts as a reminder that through all the trials and tribulations, he’s still an important fixture in NY rap and hip-hop as a whole. This single sets the tone for what’s to come from Kemba as he works on his next body of work.

Be on the lookout for a lot MORE soon.

It makes perfect sense Kemba calls The Bronx–the birthplace of hip-hop–home. He literally carries the genre with him everywhere. Making a name for himself as a fan favorite under the name of YC The Cynic, he dropped a series of lauded projects and songs from 2010 through 2013. Adopting the moniker Kemba, he ignited his rise with his 2016 album Negus which received critical acclaim. In addition to a highly cited interview on Real Late W/ Peter Rosenberg, he joined Kendrick Lamar on stage for a spontaneous performance that was widely circulated online. His skills not only impressed Kendrick but also caught the eye of Brasstracks (Chance The Rapper’s “No Problem”), who reached out and went to work, helping Kemba craft his forthcoming album due out next year.

Petersen Automotive Museum Opens New “Legends of Los Angeles” Exhibit

On November 10, 2018, the Petersen Automotive Museum opened its latest exhibit, “Legends of Los Angeles: Southern California Race Cars and Their Builders,” in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery presented by Lucas Oil. The display features 12 Los Angeles-built race cars powered by engineering masterminds such as Ed “The Old Master” Pink and Fred Offenhauser and piloted by legends such as Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Parnelli Jones, Bill Stroppe and Dan Gurney.

“Legends of LA” is highlighted by a stunning180-degree panoramic video, which surrounds the collection of race cars and provides an immersive way to experience the fastest race cars ever built in Los Angeles as they are raced on the region’s famed tracks. Featuring vehicles from every major racing type including midgets, sprint cars, dragsters, off-road cars, IndyCars, land-speed cars and road-racing cars, the panoramic video works alongside the display to take viewers on a visual journey down historic tracks such as El Mirage, Willow Springs International Raceway and Perris Auto Speedway.

Key vehicles on display include a 1963 Ol’Yaller Mark IX, which was one of the last race cars designed and built by Southern California hot rod legend Max Balchowsky; a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA, one of five FIA-spec factory team cars that competed in the 1964 World Championship and was raced by Dan Gurney in the Targa Florio; a 1967 Long 
“Shelby Super Snake” with an Ed Pink racing engine, which made history when driver Done Prudhomme accomplished four quarter-mile runs in the six-second range at the 1967 NHRA Spring Nationals; and Big Oly, a 1970 Ford Bronco which was raced to a back-to-back victories at the Baja 1000 in 1971 and 1972 by the legendary off-roading team of Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe.

“From the early years of auto racing to today, Los Angeles has played a key role in the development and growth of motorsports in North America,” said Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Our new exhibit honors the region’s rich history through some of the finest examples of race car engineering and design, telling a comprehensive story about the legends that helped establish Los Angeles as the diverse racing destination that is today.”

Preceding the public opening, the Petersen hosted a formal cocktail reception and media preview on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The evening paid homage to LA-based racing icon and race car constructor Parnelli Jones, a motorsports legend known for his victories in nearly every major auto racing event in the United States. Jones, whose voice is featured in the gallery video was praised on stage while guests bid on his signed racing memorabilia during a silent auction.

“Legends of Los Angeles” will run through December 1, 2019. To learn more about the new exhibit or the Peterson Automotive Museum, please click here!

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit here!