Staple asks André about how he decides to collaborate when it comes to music, something longtime fans are aware happens few and far between these days for the legendary ATL rapper. “Sometimes people send you records like, 'Please get on this record.' Like great, great names that I actually want to get on the songs, but I'll try to write to it and it just don't work sometimes,” he explains. “It's not like a factory like Coca-Cola where I can just keeping putting out these things. So it has to feel a certain way.”
On today’s special #EverydayStruggle, Wayno, DJ Akademiks, Star, and Nadeska play a game of rap over/under where they made predictions about Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s first week sales, how many No. 1 songs Drake will get in 2018, if Soulja Boy will return, and much more.
Charlize Theron is an Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian, and Hollywood superstar. But how is she with hot food? Find out as the Gringo star tests her spice credentials against the wings of death on Hot Ones. As she struggles through the Scoville onslaught, Theron teaches Sean some South African slang, breaks down her reality-TV obsession, and takes the spiciest Rorschach test in history.
At ComplexCon 2017, Jeff Staple (founder, Staple Design) hosted The Art of Collab, with part one of the ComplexCon(versations) panel featuring legendary designer Hiroshi Fujiwara. The founder of fragment design, Fujiwara is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Streetwear” and has worked with Nike, Stussy, Louis Vuitton, and many other brands throughout his 30-plus year career.
During the conversation, Fujiwara opens up about HTM, his collaboration with Nike's Mark Parker (CEO) and Tinker Hatfield (Vice President for Design and Special Projects) that is viewed as one of the most innovative projects in the sneaker industry. He also shares his take on past collaborations spanning Levi's to Starbucks and reveals some Nike samples that could see a potential release.
Interestingly enough, one of the sample shoes features “The Ten” on the heel tab, which leads to Staple asking what it means in light of Virgil Abloh's “The Ten” collaboration with Nike. Fujiwara suggests they may have both been tasked with working on a collection with Nike, but Abloh “won the game, I lost it… the thing he did was beautiful.”
Check out part one of The Art of Collab panel above and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing part two featuring Staple and Fujiwara alongside André 3000, Sarah Andelman, and Jon Wexler.
The ComplexCon 2017 hangover is real right now, and it's time to try and recollect all the greatest moments from the two-day event in Long Beach, California. For the Full Size Run boys, the highlight of the weekend was a sit down interview with Adidas's Vice President of Global Entertainment and Influencer Marketing, Jon Wexler.
Wex is best known for being the man who brought Kanye West to Adidas, and he talked about Kanye's effect on the brand, as well as the perceived war against Nike, and whether or not Adidas won ComplexCon 2017.