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ComplexCon 2018

By Krishan Narsinghani

For the third annual year, ComplexCon takes over the greater LA area. Set in Long Beach, California, major brands and celebrities flooded their convention center to witness spectacular musical acts, speakers, brands and art. Over the two days, 360 Magazine visited various booths – Puma, Champion, Reebok, Pink Dolphin, 1800 Tequila, Cadillac and more. Reebok’s exclusive ComplexCon shoe, the R58 stunted vibrant colors and introduced all three logos shown for the first time.

Takashi Murakami, contemporary artist on the host committee, sprinkled his aesthetics across the summit (in addition to a collaboration with Drake’s OVO). 1800 Tequila partnered with artist Adam Lucas and streetwear designer Nicky Diamonds for custom-made vintage denim jackets which were raffled at this year’s program. Attendees waiting in line for the McDonald’s installation were treated with Mcnuggets and fries before choosing patches to press onto free backpacks and shirts.

Recording artist Tinashe was a 360 favorite. The urban singer performed hits “Company” and “2 On.” Other performances included Lil Baby, Nav and T-Pain while the crowd also bopped to headliners Rae Sremmurd and Future. Duo Sremmurd surprised fans with a special appearance from rapper Tyga.

ComplexCon(versations) topics revolved around today’s thought on politics, culture, fashion and music. Billboard producer of the decade, Pharrell Williams was a host due to his creative sense on the latest pop culture trends. Tommy Hilfiger spoke on his relationships with Hip-Hop and the connections between music and fashion. Jaden Smith and Yara Shahidi discussed growth out of chaos and how youth should address political issues. Rapper and icon, Nas, spoke on the behind-the-scenes of film, “Belly” and how it changed Hip-Hop and Hollywood.

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The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.

Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.

To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.

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DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.

Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.

Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.

Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.

As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.

Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.

Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.

GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.

Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.

Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.

Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.

At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.

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ComplexCon Unveils 2018 Music Lineup

ComplexCon is bringing some of the most relevant voices of today’s generation to perform at this year’s fest, including Future, Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples, Action Bronson, Nav, Lil Baby, Tinashe, A-Trak, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodie Shane, Lou The Human, City Morgue, Trill Sammy, World’s Fair, Michael Christmas, Mixed by Ali, Flipp Dinero and Jack Harlow. Artists will take to the Pigeons & Planes Stage, which has been moved into the larger arena space so fans can be fully immersed in the musical experience, on Saturday and Sunday.

Surprise guests are also expected to take the stage throughout the weekend. Last year’s ComplexCon was packed with surprise performances including Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, and 2 Chainz who joined Pharrell on stage. Also surprising guests last year were J Balvin, who jumped on stage during Virgil Abloh’s DJ set; DJ Khaled, who brought G-Eazy on stage; and, Bad Bunny, who joined A-Trak on stage for a surprise set.

Saturday’s lineup starts at 12:30 pm and includes the following artists, listed in order of appearance:

·         Trill Sammy

·         Lou The Human

·         Kodie Shane

·         Michael Christmas

·         World’s Fair

·         A-Trak and Friends

·         NAV

·         Vince Staples

·         Rae Sremmurd

Sunday’s lineup starts at 12:30 pm and includes the following artists, listed in order of appearance:

·         Jack Harlow

·         Flipp Dinero

·         Mixed by Ali

·         City Morgue

·         A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie

·         Tinashe

·         Lil Baby

·         Action Bronson

·         Future

Also representing at this year’s ComplexCon will be Puma, which returns as the Official Footwear Sponsor, as well as Champion, Union Los Angeles, PLEASURES, Chinatown Market, AAPE, G-Star, KAPPA, Herschel Supply Co., Swatch, Polaroid Originals, Urban Decay Cosmetics and many more. And, epic eats can be had from Jon & Vinny’s, Lotus of Siam, Howlin’ Ray’s, Here’s Looking At You, Burgerlords, Sweet Chick, Alvin Cailan’s “The Burger Show” Pop Up, Uncle Paulie’s Deli, Dino’s Chicken and dozens more.

Concerts are included in the cost of admission to ComplexCon. General Admission tickets are still available at ComplexCon.com. General Admission tickets are $60 per day for Saturday or Sunday or two-day General Admission tickets can be purchased for $100 (plus fees). Earlier this summer, ComplexCon sold out its limited presale and VIP tickets in a matter of minutes.

In the coming weeks, ComplexCon will unveil artist collaborations, as well as the icons participating in ComplexCon’s widely popular “ComplexConversations,” a series of moderated discussions that tackle the critical issues impacting today’s generation.

Kash Doll

KASH DOLL DROPS NEW SINGLE “ICE ME OUT”. ANNOUNCES SIGNING TO REPUBLIC RECORDS.

New York, NY — Following a series of mixtapes, Detroit the rapper and rising hip-hop MC Kash Doll shares her brand new single “Ice Me Out” today.

Get it HERE.

Ice Me Out” kicks off what promises to be the biggest chapter of Kash’s already accomplished career as she ignited a high-profile partnership with Republic Records. Independently, Kash Doll has built a dedicated fan base with the help of social media despite having everything stacked against her. With Republic she’ll take her music to the next level, giving her fans and admirers exactly what they’ve been waiting for.

Earlier this year, Kash Doll released a project solely for her fans titled “Brat Mail” to thank them for all their continued support. The project garnered over 13 million global streams and features the break out single “Check”. Shortly before “Brat Mail,” Kash released one of her biggest singles to date, “For Everybody which racked up 10 million YouTube/VEVO views independently.

Coming from Motor City, Kash Doll first bubbled up in 2014 with a remix of Tinashe’s “Too On” which received airplay on local radio stations. Shortly after, her single “Run Me My Money” went viral and paved the way for the release of her mixtape Keisha vs. Kash Doll which exceeded over 600,000 downloads in the first two days. A child of hip-hop, she started exploding with “For Everybody” in 2017 and was awarded the BMI Social Star award. In 2018 she made headlines by winning the “Issa Wave” Award at the 2018 BET Social Awards. Watch her acceptance speech and a fiery performance of “For Everybody.” She’s definitely proven herself as an artist to watch.

FUSE TV FUTURE WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Women everywhere will rise to the top this March as Fuse celebrates Future Women’s History all month long. To mark National Women’s History Month, Fuse will honor today’s established and emerging women making waves in music, film, TV, digital, and other pop culture fields.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Fuse has announced the world broadcast premiere of She Started It, airing Thursday, March 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FuseThe two-hour documentary provides a rare look into the ambitious and challenging lives of five diverse young women entrepreneurs in the tech field. Shot in Silicon Valley, New York, Vietnam, Mississippi, and France, She Started It follows these young women as they pitch their ideas, build teams, meet with investors, fail and find the inspiration to start again. Also featured in the film are women who have reached the top of their fields in tech, including several Entrepreneur Spotlights featuring women who have navigated and survived the challenges of Silicon Valley, and are inspiring other women along the way.

Also announced today: Girls in Tech and Girls Who Code, two technology, female-forward non-profits are uniting with the network as part of the premiere. Girls in Tech, a global organization focusing on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology, and Girls Who Code, which works to close the gender gap in technology, will both serve as a resource for the Fuse audience, and encourage more women to pursue careers in the tech field.

And Fuse is kicking it all off on Thursday, March 1 with a series of short form videos featuring Young M.A, Tinashe, MILCK, Jessie Reyez, Halsey, and Camila Cabello which will roll out during the month. Also airing on Thursday, March 8 at 10 a.m. is a Future Women’s History music block of fierce female artists including Dua Lipa, Sofi Tukker, and Halsey. The conversation will continue on Fuse.tv throughout the month, with editorial listicles highlighting up-and-coming talent who are making history now.

Learn more about Fuse programming by visiting https://www.fuse.tv/shows.

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blackbear x “gucci linen”

cybersex, the new album from singer, songwriter, and producer blackbear  is available for pre-order now via all digital retailers HERE. The album will be released on the Monday after the Thanksgiving weekend, November 27th (also known as Cyber Monday), via Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope Records.

Several tracks from cybersex — “santa monica & la brea,” “up in this” with Tinashe“bright pink tims,”feat. Cam’ron, and “playboy shit,” feat. Lil Aaron — have already been released. A fifth, “gucci linen,”featuring 2 Chainz, is out today. Listen HERE. The song premiered this morning as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1.

blackbear (born Matthew Musto) has released three previous independent albums, Deadroses, Help, and digital druglord, along with a self-titled Mansionz album. He has collaborated with such artists as Gnash, G-Eazy, James Blake, Machine Gun Kelly, and Linkin Park, among others. The original version of his single, “do re mi,” from his album digital druglord, has racked up more than 125 million streams on Spotify and was the first blackbear track to crack the Billboard Hot 100. A remix of the song featuring Gucci Mane was released in July and has over 56 million streams, while its video has amassed over 38 million views.

blackbear is currently on tour with Fallout Boy, which kicked off on October 20th in Cleveland and runs through November 18th. Check out the remaining tour dates below.

TOUR DATES WITH FALLOUT BOY:

11/14 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

11/15 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

11/17 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

11/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

 

For more on blackbear:

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www.soundcloud.com/iamblackbear