ComplexCon Day 2 Highlights: DJ Khaled, Migos, Pharrell & More
ComplexCon Day 2 Highlights: DJ Khaled, Migos, and More
Day 2 (Nov. 5) of ComplexCon continued with more exclusives like André 3000 and Tretorn releasing 100 pairs of a limited edition sneaker and more artist appearances such as Steve Aoki, Usher, 2 Chainz, and Dave East.
On a momentum high after a comeback performance of N.E.R.D. running through their whole unreleased album, the festival maintained its energy on Sunday with a crowded exhibition floor as packed as the day prior.
Below are some highlights from Day 2:
Eminem is still trolling us with REVIVAL
After Eminem's manager and newly minted upcoming CEO of Def Jam Paul Rosenberg posted a photo on Instagram recently (Oct 25.) showing a large advertising on the side of a building for a drug called REVIVAL, fans everywhere noticed that it may be marketing for Em's next album. This weekend at ComplexCon, the mysterious drug company had a booth in the exhibition hall complete with hosts who talked more about the drug and said that it was still going through clinical trials. When asked why a drug company would want to pop up randomly at a music and arts festival, hosts talked around the reasoning and gave out small trinkets with the company's logo to visitors. Seemingly on Sunday scenes for perhaps an upcoming commercial for the drug were being filmed at the booth as well. More to come (Hopefully more meaning an album).
D.R.A.M., DJ Khaled, and Migos Turn Up
The Pigeons and Planes Stage was peak lit on Sunday (Nov. 5) as several artists showed to keep the crowd hype during shopping hours. D.R.A.M. stopped by the Fools Gold and Four Loko booth before making his way to the stage to perform hits like "Broccoli." Pharrell brought out the likes of 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert (a crowd favorite) and Migos who performed their new Nick Minaj and Cardi B-assisted record "MotorSport" as well as taking the crowd back to a rendition of "Bad and Boujee." Minutes later DJ Khaled emerged for his set and ran through hits like "All I Do is Win" and "I'm On One." He stunned fans by bringing out G-Eazy to do a new record and also throwing Air Jordans out in the crowd. It was an sight to see for sure.
The Surprisingly Tame Rap Debate Panel
Cam'ron, Rick Ross, SuperDuperKyle, Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins, and Young M.A. sat down and discussed the new rules of hip hop in a panel moderated by DJ Akademiks. Last year the rap debate panel was a more heated discussion as this year all of the panelists for the most part agreed with each other on hip-hop being global and the rules of fashion, MC-ing, and beefing were widely defined and categorized. What was agreed was that beef is not as real as it used to be with Young M.A. even jokingly calling twitter feuds "tweefing."
Jinx made a great point in saying that the barrier of entry into the rap world was not as difficult and it would take "practice squad" hours to make it, even suggesting how important numbers over talent is sometimes more important in regards to songs that can go viral. DJ Akademiks tried to lead into more provocative discussion around topics like lyric versus melody driven rap and what's off limits in fashion, but it was clear all of the panels were in their lane and not hating on anyone in another.
Top Pick: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Panel
Complex editor-in-chief Noah Callahan-Bever moderated a 3-segment interview looking back on Kanye West's critically acclaimed album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Bever noted that the beginning of making the album could be traced back to Sept 13, 2009, when the infamous "Taylor-gate" incident occurred driving Kanye in a dark and somber place he had to fight himself out of to stay on top and solidify his superstar status after a large controversy.
Malik Yusef was very informative and comical at times in his joking around Kanye "kicking him off the label" whenever he would disagree with him. He noted how he came up with the initial concept of "All of the Lights" before The Dream came in and gave his necessary touch to make it a smash hit. Hype Williams and Selita Ebanks spoke about the making of "Runaway," and Rick Ross, Mike Dean, and Consequence spoke about the sessions in Hawaii before the album got finished up at Electric Lady Studios in New York.