Sunday marked the second day of the third annual ComplexCon, where collectors and purveyors of culture alike gather en masse to shop, drink, eat and dissect the science of hype.
Early in the day, Action Bronson, who was one of the headliners at the Pigeons & Planes stage, sat down with E-40, Trick Daddy, N.O.R.E. and Sean Evans to discuss how food and rap music became unlikely bedfellows. Elsewhere, Brooklyn-born rapper Nas unveiled a collaboration with Cadillac, ending the evening by giving away 10 signed hoodies from the capsule. Throughout the day, performances from Tinashe, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Flipp Dinero and Kodie Shane — who performed her new single “High Speeds” ahead of the release of her debut album this week — provided some much-needed respite for retail-depleted attendees, some of whom laid or sat at the perimeters of the stage.
As the evening crept along, attendees flocked back to the Pigeons auditorium for a performance from Atlanta dynamo Lil Baby — who had also stopped by the Reebok booth to give away 10 pairs of Sole Fury R58s. Baby hyped the crowd with a special appearance from Moneybagg Yo and also ran through popular bangers like “Yes Indeed” and “Drip Too Hard.” Tallahassee native T-Pain — whose higher-education-flavored booth featured a live marching band — took the stage shortly after, whipping the crowd into a frenzy with nostalgic mid-2000s favorites like “Can’t Believe It” and “All I Do is Win.”
His melodic performance set the stage for Action Bronson, who brought with him a larger-than-life stage presence and a rapid-fire flow that had fans singing along to favorites like “The Chairman’s Intent,” “Mt. Etna” and “Terry.” Bronson also took some time out to honor Mac Miller, whose death from a drug overdose in September sent shock waves through the hip-hop community. “Rest in peace to my boy Mac Miller. I’m doing this one for him,” Bronson said before launching into Miller’s “Red Dot Music,” on which he was featured in 2013.
The evening ended with a performance from Future, who brought his signature style to the well-lit stage, sporting a striped shirt and leather jacket with jeans. Launching straight into “Straight Damn Time” from his Pluto EP, the rapper immediately got the crowd energized, inviting fans to sing the hook in his stead. He followed that up with his verse from Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” before rolling straight into DS2’s “Thought it Was a Drought” and then “Move That Dope.” As the audience reached new levels, so too did Future, calling dancers Meechie and Toosi to the stage to perform him. “I might stage dive tonight,” he told the crowd as the trio two-stepped and shimmied their way through “Blase” and “Real Sisters.”
Of course, the set wouldn’t have been complete without a special guest, which prompted the second appearance of the day from Moneybagg Yo. The duo finessed their way through the Memphis natives Future-featured single “Okay” before conducting the audience through “Stick Talk.” And while the promised stage dive never materialized, Future did work his way through favorites like Young Thug’s “Relationship,” as well as “Jumpman,” “Wicked” and “Karate Chop.”