Towards the end of July, ComplexCon left it’s home of Long Beach and took over the city of Chicago. For those who don’t know, ComplexCon is a major hypebeast paradise that in my opinion, is somewhat like an expo. It’s a place where you can pick up and shop for the latest streetwear fashion, sit in on panel conversations featuring many major people in the industry, and rock out to some musical performances from the hottest artists out right now. As being a Chicago native and a huge music head, it was only right for me to find a way to attend the first ever ComplexCon invading the city. I was fortunate enough to attend the event on behalf of Glosse Magazine and wanted to share my experience with you all.
When the day arrived for the event, words could not show how excited I was. ComplexCon is originally taken place in Long Beach, California, As a music lover, I have always wanted to go and experience what I would see on social media. When they made that announcement of bringing it to Chicago, I couldn’t hesitate on making sure I was in attendance. The festival was approximately two days long and I was ready to take it on. The check-in process of getting into ComplexCon was very smooth and I had no hassle. However, the thing that was pretty entertaining yet kind of weird was the reaction of the people that were finally being let into the event. Adults of all ages were literally running in due to the excitement of being at ComplexCon. It was a wild sight to see but it was the first day so I can’t really knock them for it.
A lot was going on. Other than visiting the different booths and speaking to the amazing, creative individuals that were in charge of putting these clothing lines together, there was so much more happening. There was a point where the artistic director Takashi Murakami was on the floor and was welcoming the fans with a meet and greet in honor of it being the first day. It was pretty cool to see. I personally believe other than the musical performances and shopping, the panels that are taken place is also something that many other people look forward to.
Hot Ones is one of my favorite interview shows ever. Sean Evans is one of the best interviewers of this generation and the fact that he was in Chicago to do a live taping of the show brought out the giddy child in me. The show featured Chicago native Juice WRLD and they covered a lot. Juice WRLD was definitely taking those wings like a champ until the last two (which I completely understand because I tried them and they are indeed very very HOT.)
I would have to say, the hottest spot to be at that festival was the PUMA booth. There was so much going on over there. Puma debuted a new collection with Alonzo Jackson and it was very colorful and original. Also, Dreamville Records gave fans at ComplexCon an opportunity to listen to 3 additional tracks that is supposed to be on the deluxe version of Revenge of the Dreamers 3. I will tell you those songs were hard and I can’t wait for everyone to hear them. Dreamville artist Omen stopped by during the time, as well as fellow Chicago artist Dreezy and rapper G-Eazy.
Over at the Hennessy booth, A$AP Mob member A$AP Ferg was in the building and stopped by to promote his new collaboration with Felipe Pantone and Hennessy. There was a drink that he crafted that was served on the menu and it was DELICIOUS.
The night ended with Grammy award winning singer Ella Mai performing some of her hit singles “Boo’d Up” and “Trip.”
It was the final day of ComplexCon and it was the day I was looking forward to the most. The day consisted of people shopping and checking out the booths and just having a good time.
The first thing I attended that day was attending the panel the hip hop panel that featured The Root’s Black Thought and Questlove where they talked about their upcoming show Hip-Hop: Songs That Shook America which focuses on hip hop music and its influence on the major things going on in our community. It had to be one of my favorite panels to sit in on and listen to. They were dropping so many gems.
Throughout the day was pretty much the same energy as the first until it was time the headliners of the night. DJ Miss Milan got the crowd pumped and ready for Saweetie’s set and Saweetie came and dominated. She definitely represented for the ladies and performed her hit singles “My Type” and “ICY GIRL.” The energy was still very on the high end when it was time for Rick Ross to come out and perform. The MMG Teflon Don took me back down memory lane performing many of the songs he has released throughout the years such as “MC Hammer”, “Hustle Hard”, ” and “Bugatti”. Closing out night two, Top Dawg Ent’s ScHoolboy Q hit the stage with a high energy performance that literally set the room on fire. Many of the fans were singing along to every lyric of his most popular songs such as “That Part”, “Studio”, and “Collard Greens.”
Overall, ComplexCon was surely a weekend to remember. For it being the first one held in a new city, everything was very well organized and I did not run into any issues while there. I am hoping there will be more events like this in the future to bring the city together again.