UK Rapper/Singer Dylan Cartlidge Delivers a Much-Needed Message With the “Love Spoons” Video

UK rapper, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Cartlidge was inspired by all the negative in the world, but instead of reacting with anger or disappointment, he responded with a message of hope. “Love Spoons” is an uplifting song with a sense of urgency, and it's exactly what we need right now. Watch the new Katia Ganfield-directed video above, and read a short interview with Dylan below.

“Love Spoons” has a really positive message. What inspired that, and why is it important for you to share right now?​

I believe so strongly in hope above adversity, and this song was written in part as a response to all these horrific attacks that were happening around the globe, one after another. It was awful. The Orlando attack in particular really struck me, as I couldn't believe those people had been targeted for the way in which they express their love. So I combined the feelings and thoughts from this period with my own feelings on individuality and hope above adversity. Regardless of age, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, or background, being you is a key to truly finding happiness. I think now more than ever there's somebody somewhere that could do with hearing that.

Musically, this isn't like a lot of the current styles making the rounds right now. What music influences you?

Kid Cudi is basically my idol, being a rapper by trade I grew up listening to a lot of rap, R&B, soul, and mainstream chart music mainly but lived in a household as a child with a trance DJ and '80s pop fanatic for a good while but typically, Lupe Fiasco, Stromae, Olu, Kanye West, Cage, Mac Miller, The Cool Kids. I then joined a band when I was 16, and for the first time had openly experienced music with live instruments, guitars and riffs, bands like The Black Keys, The White Stripes. I've never looked back since, totally blew my mind, my musical horizons had been broadened.

What can you tell us about the music video for “Love Spoons”? Where was it shot, who are the people featured in it? Any stories from the shoot that you remember?

The video was shot by a wonderfully talented lady named Katia Garfield who's done videos for the likes of Childhood, Demob Happy, and loads of others. It was all shot on her super cool VHS camera in the seaside town I live in named Redcar. I'd gotten many friends, family, and people I knew involved to try and showcase as many forms of love as I could find, in all different relationships and people. I even roped my girlfriend Holly into it!

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It Sounds Like Kanye West and Kid Cudi Have a Secret Project in the Works

Rare good news alert.

Kanye West and Kid Cudi are reportedly working on a “top-secret project” together. At least, that's what this report from Page Six would have us believe. In an article that confusingly refuses to name Cudi in the headline (opting instead for “ex-protégé”), sources let loose what they (allegedly!) know about the collaboration.

“[Kanye West and Kid Cudi are] going to drop some crazy collaboration out of the blue,” one source claimed. “They're going to drop some surprise project on everybody. They're recording it now.” According to an insider, “nobody knows what it is” and the artists are keeping the creative process minimal. The alleged recording setup is just West, Cudi, and an engineer.

The report adds that sessions have taken place in Japan, where the two were spotted earlier this month paying Graduation cover artist Takashi Murakami a visit at his studio.

 

Long time no see @kidcudi and #kanyewest. Thank you for coming to my studio. It was fire 🔥🔥🔥

A post shared by Takashi Murakami (@takashipom) on Aug 11, 2017 at 3:41am PDT

Takashi previously teased a “project that I can not say yet” with an Instagrammed photo gallery. The mystery project was teased with images of nude art, a guitar case, and a Marshall half stack:

 

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Fans have been sharing photos of the 808s & Heartbreak collaborators out and about in Tokyo:

 

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West and Cudi were also seen last month at a Los Angeles-area recording studio with Plain Pat, a name any self-respecting fan will know means something great is almost certainly afoot.

Cudi surprised us all this week with the announcement of his Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin' Tour. The 25-date trek, which includes a spot on Tyler, the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles, kicks off Sept. 30 at Philadelphia's Skyline Stage at the Mann.

In a perfect world, West would pop in during the Flog Gnaw set to run through this underrated collab:

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The 5 Rarest Drops From ComplexCon 2016—And How Much They’re Worth Now

The first annual ComplexCon, in Long Beach last November, put the best in music, art, style, food, and more all under one roof. Of course, one of the biggest aspects of ComplexCon 2016 was the apparel and sneaker releases. Brands like Nike, Anti Social Social Club, and Bape either debuted their latest products or dropped exclusive merch only available that weekend. As ComplexCon 2017 approaches, let's take a look back at five of the most hyped drops from last year's event—and how much they're worth now. 


  • Nike SF Air Force 1 “White”

    Original Price: $165
    Resale Price: $306

    Although Nike went on to release multiple colorways of the SF Air Force 1, the model made its debut at last year's ComplexCon. Nike made the sneaker available at their installation in a few colorways. They also dropped an all-white version that was exclusive to ComplexCon. According to sneaker stock market StockX, pairs have sold for as much as $573, but now you should be able to find a pair for around $300.


  • Bape x Travis Scott/Big Sean/Kid Cudi/Complex T-Shirt Collection

    Retail Price: $120
    Resale Price: $114-$500

    Bape also brought some exclusives to ComplexCon. The brand dropped three Baby Milo graphic T-shirts featuring Big Sean, Kid Cudi, or Travis Scott, as well as a graphic tee that combined the ComplexCon logo with Bape's iconic ape head logo. The tees were a hot commodity at the convention. In fact, Bape had one of the longest lines at the convention center because of these shirts. If you weren’t able to make it out to Long Beach last year you'll have to pay anywhere from $114 to $500 to cop now. 


  • Anti Social Social Club x Undefeated ‘Paranoid’ Hoodie

    Original Price: $92
    Resale Price: $175

    One of the most hyped drops at ComplexCon 2016 was Anti Social Social Club's collaboration with Undefeated. The two brands released limited edition T-shirts and hoodies in two different colorways—one for each day of that weekend. Right now, the hoodies are on Grailed for roughly double the retail price, with resale value ranging from $140 to $225.

    Anti Social Social Club also raffled off 24 pairs of their “Get Weird” Air Force 1 Low collaboration. Unfortunately, those will cost you a little more. There is currently a pair listed on Grailed for $4,000.


  • Takashi Murakami x ComplexCon Merch

    Retail Price: $40-$120
    Resale Price: $58-$400

    Takashi Murakami was responsible for the overall design aesthetic of the first annual ComplexCon, and he also released some exclusive merch for the event. Pillows, tote bags, and clothing were all up for grabs. The Murakami merch booth had one of the longest lines at ComplexCon, and select items were on eBay and Grailed for up to a few thousand dollars immediately after ComplexCon 2016. Now, this stuff can be a little harder to come by, but there are a few select items like hats and flower pillows on Grailed for anywhere from $58 to $400.

    Murakami and Complex have continued their partnership leading up to ComplexCon 2017. Select merch is available here.


  • VLONE x Nike Air Force 1

    Original Price: Raffle
    Resale Price: $1,788

    The SF Air Force 1 was not the only shoe that Nike debuted at last year's ComplexCon. The sportswear giant also debuted a highly-anticipated collaboration with ASAP Bari's VLONE. Only five pairs were raffled off to those who copped a VLONE T-shirt. One of the original pairs was even resold on eBay days later for $91,600. Although the sneaker is still being resold for $1,800 on the resale market, according to StockX, Nike has since cut ties with Bari following sexual harassment allegations stemming from the release of graphic video footage. 

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Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Plain Pat Spotted Together at L.A. Studio

Legend has it that whenever you type the names Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Plain Pat in quick succession, you're guaranteed good luck for three years.

In what is surely another good omen, the three were recently spotted doing presumably iconic things in Los Angeles together. Check it:

So, what's the occasion? Turbo Grafx 16 sessions? Man on the Moon 3? Just a hangout? Only West, Cudi, and Pat know for sure. Upon closer inspection, however, details in the photos above—namely the windows and parking lot—would suggest this is the same Los Angeles-area studio where West was recently spotted vibing all the way out to a mystery Migos project.

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In fact, it would appear that West has been spending quite a bit of time here in recent weeks:

 

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Pat, of course, has history with Cudi and West as both a manager and a producer. Most recently, Pat bagged multiple production credits on West's The Life of Pablo and Cudi's Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin'. Shortly after Pablo's release, noted West associate Ibn Jasper shared a photo of Pat in the studio with Cudi and Mike Dean. The caption? “TURBO GRAFX 16 day 1.” Hmmm.

 

A post shared by Ibn Jasper (@ibnjasper) on Feb 29, 2016 at 1:33am PST

As a West fan, it's important to refrain from jumping to any kind of conclusion about this stuff. Whatever Pat, Cudi, and West were theoretically working is just as likely to be scrapped entirely as it is to end up on anyone's forthcoming album. At the very least, we do have confirmation from Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels that West is indeed “working” on something.”

“I check in with him from time to time just to see how he's doing,” Bartels told Variety last month. “What's great about our relationship is that I always know when it's go time — because he wakes me up.” Let's hope Bartels gets a late-night call from West soon.

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The Road to Travis Scott Dominating 2017

As far as consistency, you can't do much better than Travis Scott right now. The 25-year-old artist has grown to be one of the biggest acts in rap, and he's done it with a tireless campaign of solo material, collaborations, and a live show that makes headlines on a nightly basis.

Ever since Travis dropped Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight in September, 2016, he's been on a war path of outdoing his previous achievements, which includes two tours and two projects this year. To get a sense of just how active he's been, we've put together a list of his biggest moments over the last nine months.

Travis says he's executive producing Cruel Winter

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight wasn't even out a week when Travis visited Hot 97 and revealed on the airwaves that he would be executive producing G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Winter. The timeline for its release has been derailed (Travis said it would come this February), but clearly Kanye put enough stock into the Houston representative to let him helm this highly anticipated project. That's definitely a confidence booster.

Success of BITTSM and huge publishing deal

We can't move forward in the storyline without acknowledging the success of Travis' sophomore album. He leveled up with the release of Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, which opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and moved 88,000 equivalent album units in its first week. That same week, he locked in a worldwide publishing deal with Universal. 

ComplexCon performance

​Not to toot our own horn, but Travis did debut the set design currently used for his Birds Eye View Tour at ComplexCon, where he lit up Long Beach Arena for a performance that sets the bar for future ComplexCon events to come. He also got to share the stage with one of his biggest influences in Kid Cudi. A major night, to say the least.

Travis appears on Kid Cudi's Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'

Those who have followed Travis' career know how much Kid Cudi means to him (“Kid Cudi was my guy,” he told Complex, “if I had no weed, he was my drug”). It was monumental then when he joined Cudi on “Baptized in Fire” off Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'. Another item to check off the bucket list.

​Shut out of 2017 Grammy nominations

Count this as a humbling experience for Travis, who up until this point was cruising off some major Ws. “So hurt man,” he said in December when the 2017 Grammy nominations came out and he was nowhere to be found. It would be fair to say that Travis used this as motivation, who later in the month promised more beats, a tour, and his third studio release Astroworld in 2017.

Studio session with DJ Khaled, Mariah Carey, and Migos

Leave it to DJ Khaled to bring Travis, Migos and Mariah together under one roof. Whatever they worked on will presumably be for Khaled's upcoming album Grateful, and if it does drop, expect La Flame's stock to rise even more.

Joining Drake and Quavo on “Portland”

Five months into 2017 and Drake's More Life is (obviously) still one of the biggest drops of the year. And while “Portland” hasn't been released as an official single, the song has reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. You can credit its success to Travis and Quavo, who laid down the energy for Drake to feed off of on the Murda Beatz-produced track. If you've seen “Portland” performed live, you know it rings off.

“Portland” caps off some notable guest appearances from Travis this year, who's also worked with Migos (“Kelly Price”), Wale (“Fish n Grits”), and his Fate of the Furious collaboration alongside Lil Uzi Vert and Quavo.

Travis previews new music with Quavo

​Speaking of Quavo, Travis finally previewed a few tracks from their upcoming collaborative album in early April. More recently, Travis teased it could be a surprise drop. Though it's more likely to come later than sooner, don't expect much warning when he and Quavo decide to hit us with it.

Cozying up to Kylie Jenner

This may not be music-related, but let's keep it real: being linked to a Kardashian or Jenner is emblematic of your status in the game. Sorry, Tyga.

Arrested for “inciting a riot” in Arkansas

This incident may have a negative connotation attached to it, but after speaking to fans who attended Travis' concert in Rogers, Arkansas, it sounds like the venue and security weren't aware of just how wild his shows get. It wouldn't be far off in saying Travis' live show is a must-attend for the ragers out there.

Late-night SoundCloud drop

Travis may have been a little late on the release of his new music, but he certainly delivered this week with three cuts to add to the catalog. It's unclear if any of these tracks will appear on Astroworld, but we wouldn't rule any of them out either. In 2015, Travis dropped “Antidote” as a loosie on SoundCloud; that song would later appear on his debut album Rodeo. Also in late 2015, Travis shared “Wonderful,” his collaboration with the Weeknd. Nine months later, it was the album closer for Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight.

If there's anything we've learned over the last nine months, it's that Travis has no plans of slowing down. Astroworld, a Quavo collab project, Birds Eye View Tour and Kendrick Lamar's Damn Tour, and possibly Cruel Winter? Travis is on pace to have his biggest year yet. 

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People Think Drake Dissed Kid Cudi on ‘More Life’

 

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Drake's subliminal game may have leveled up on More Life, as fans on social media believe the OVO Sound boss took aim at Kid Cudi on opening track “Free Smoke.” Check out the track and lyrics in question below:

Niggas moves so waste
Please come outside the house and show yourself
So I can say it to your face

Y'all keep playin' with your nose, yeah
You get high and do the most, yeah

If you remember, Drake and Cudi got into a feud late last year. It was likely started after Cudi tweeted some less than favorable comments about the Toronto rapper, who responded on his track “Two Birds, One Stone.” That led to Cudi replying on Twitter, writing, “Say it to [my] face pussy.”

Cudi would later check into rehab for depression, and overall has stayed out of the spotlight save for a few notable appearances and dropping his latest album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin'.

Drake's mention to “come outside the house” so “I can say it to your face” could be seen as directed at Cudi, as well as the line about doing drugs, which Cudi has addressed in the past. This wouldn't be the first person Drake went at on More Life; he also got some bars off in the direction of Meek Mill and Tory Lanez.

People on Twitter are definitely convinced Drake had Cudi in his crosshairs and sounded off.

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