Don C. and Hiroshi Fujiwara on the Influence Japanese Streetwear Has Had on America | ComplexCon(versations)

At ComplexCon 2017, Union LA's Chris Gibbs hosted Hype East, a panel featuring Takashi Murakami, Don C. (founder, Just Don), Hiroshi Fujiwara, and Yoon Ahn (founder, Ambush), who dissected the influence Japanese streetwear has had on America.

“For me, when I look at it, it's always going around in a circle,” Ahn says. “We consume it and we make it better, and then the people who gave birth to it, they kind of appreciate it again.”

Takashi also explains how Star Wars and George Lucas have had a major impact on him, and Don C. praises Hiroshi Fujiwara for being an architect for today's scene. “Everybody up in here is here… maybe a few degrees of separation, but somehow because of you,” he says.

Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Rick Ross, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, Cam'ron, and more.

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Jerry Lorenzo, ASAP Ferg & Deon Point Discuss the Pros and Cons of Exclusive Drops | ComplexCon(versations)

If you haven't lined up for a limited clothing release or sneaker drop, you probably know someone who has. It's a reality in streetwear culture today that affects retailers and consumers, and has also given way to a massive resale market. 

At ComplexCon 2017, Union LA's Chris Gibbs and Complex's own Karizza Sanchez hosted the Drop Science panel, which highlighted the pros and cons of exclusive drops. Jerry Lorenzo (founder, Fear of God), Deon Point (creative director, Concepts), Kevin Le (marketing supervisor, Bape), Racks Hogan, and ASAP Ferg joined in on the conversation to offer their insight on the topic.

The resale market for sneakers and limited drops has become a billion dollar industry, and retailers and creatives realize it's impossible to prevent people from selling the product to earn a few extra bucks. “It's definitely a gift and curse for sure. You like to see your product skyrocket and reach an elevated cost in what people paid, but you want people wearing your shit,” Point explains. “If I see a kid… they tag me in [a photo] like, 'Yo, I'm selling these.' Motherfucker I want you to wear 'em!”

Lorenzo offers a similar sentiment about his Fear of God line. “I love to see kids wearing it and enjoying it, but you can only do so much from this side. Once it hits the market it kind is what it is, and you have to not really be attached to that after part of the transaction.”

Racks Hogan has built up a rep as a go-to reseller in the New York area, and he breaks down his approach to how he decides the price for certain product. Ferg also recounts the time he waited in line to cop the Nike Air Yeezy, and based on his story it wasn't the safest environment to be in.

Bradford Shellhammer of eBay also drops in to share some data about the e-commerce giant, as well as give away a pair of the limited Shoe Surgeon x eBay x Jordan 1.

Catch the full video up top, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Rick Ross, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, Cam'ron, and more.

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ComplexCon(versations) Returns With 2017 Sneaker of the Year Debate

One of the most talked-about moments at the inaugural ComplexCon was the Sneaker of the Year panel, which featured a roundtable of experts arguing over the best sneaker releases of 2016. This year's edition upped the ante in every way possible as it became another can't-miss event at ComplexCon 2017.

Those who weren't able to attend the ComplexCon(versations) panel now have full access to the debate.

Complex's own Joe La Puma (and host of Sneaker Shopping) once again handled hosting duties this year, and returning panelists DJ Clark Kent, Wale, and Russ Bengtson brought their expertise to a heated debate that also featured Lonzo Ball, Victor Cruz, Aleali May, and J Balvin.

Along with breaking down the top 10 sneakers of the year, Wale and Clark Kent took some time to critique Lonzo Ball and his ZO2 shoe, but also rounded it out with some praise for the Lakers star and the Ball family.

Check out the full panel debate above to find out which sneaker took the No. 1 slot, and keep it locked to Complex in 2018 as we'll be rolling out over a dozen ComplexCon(versations) episodes including My Beautiful Dark Twisted Panel with Rick Ross and Mike Dean, The Disruptors with LaVar Ball and Complex Networks CEO Rich Antoniello, and The Rap Generation Gap Debate featuring Cam'ron, Kyle, ASAP Ferg, and more.

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Rick Ross Disses Birdman, Eminem Defends New Album, Bhad Bhabie Is Urban? | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Whoo Kid joined DJ Akademiks and Nadeska to talk about Rick Ross dissing Birdman again, Eminem defending his album, Bhad Bhabie wilding out, and much more

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Rick Ross Takes Jab at Birdman Over Report That He’s About to Lose a Mansion

Rick Ross is going to constantly remind Birdman about his money problems and legal situation with Lil Wayne until he pays up.

The latest jab comes from Renzel’s Snapchat, responding to an AllHipHop report (via The Blast) that Birdman is selling his Miami mansion on Palm Island. Stunna bought the 19,000 sq. ft. mansion for $14.5 million in 2012, which was once owned by former Rockstar Energy CEO Russell Weiner and Scott Storch.

In June, he listed the home for $20 million to recoup the renovations he’s done over the years. You can check out images of the mansion below.

In his Snap, Ross breaks down the logic behind Birdman’s purchase. He allegedly took out a loan in 2015 for $12 million from a company named Easy Money EMG that's based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He put the mansion as a collateral for the loan.

“You ain’t have no money in six-seven years, n***a. You should have came and borrowed some from Rozay. Now you want to fuck that old lady life up too. You probably borrowing some money from her,” Ross says.

“I might go buy that house on the water,” he adds. “Just to keep my boat at it. I won’t even stay there, that shit is too small.”

 

From the desk of #RickRoss #birdman

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Earlier this year, Ross called out Birdman for not paying Lil Wayne and countless other Cash Money producers on “Idols Become Rivals.” He hasn’t stopped spreading the message, urging Birdman to “pay that man.” And this is after Birdman exploded on Instagram Live about all the chatter surrounding him and Weezy, telling his followers about their history and that he’ll make sure he’s “straight” when the timing is right.

If Birdman can’t pay for his mansion, what makes us think he can pay Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit?

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Here Are the First Week Sales Projections for Eminem, N*E*R*D, and G-Eazy

This week saw a considerable amount of releases in the hip-hop realm, from Eminem's highly anticipated ninth studio album Revival and G-Eazy's third studio album The Beautiful & Damned, to Jeezy's Pressure. Though we still have a bit of time before the official numbers come in, HITS Daily Double has released its projections for what those numbers will look like.

Unsurprisingly, Eminem is projected to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Charts with an estimated 280-300k total units moved.

G-Eazy's The Beautiful & Damned isn't too far behind with 135-155k. Jeezy's Pressure, which is stacked with features from Diddy , 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz, Kendrick LamarJ. Cole and more, is projected to move 55-65k while the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is also dominating the box office, comes in fourth on the list with  38-44k. 

N*E*R*D's fifth studio album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES rounds it off with 16-21k. The project boasts features from FutureRihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

G-Eazy will head on the road beginning in February to support his newly released album. The tour, in which he will be accompanied by Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo, will kick off in Houston. Check out dates below. 

The Beautiful & Damned Tour Dates
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Feb. 17 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Feb. 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Feb. 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON – Rebel March 14 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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Jeezy’s New Album ‘Pressure’ Will Feature a Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole Collab

Jeezy has a lot of talented friends, and it looks like the whole crew will be making cameos on his upcoming album Pressure.

The 13-track record has almost as many guest appearances as it does songs. Get ready for drop-ins by Diddy, 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz and more. Then of course, there’s an eagerly awaited collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole called “American Dream.” 

Jury’s still out on how big Cole and Kendrick’s contributions are, but we’re definitely on team #fullverseplease. 

Fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for a Cole/Kendrick joint album for like… ever, but this summer TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson​ crushed our dreams, tweeting that the record would “probably never” happen. Ouch. That being said, “American Dream” may be fans’ next-best-thing.

Pressure drops December 15 on Def Jam, but you can already listen to two tracks from the LP: “Bottles Up with Diddy and “Cold Summer with Tee Grizzley.

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Drake Says ‘Free Meek Mill’ While Performing in Australia

Despite Drake and Meek Mill's long history of beef, the Canadian rapper gave Meek Mill a shout out while performing in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. While engaging with the crowd during a break in his performance, Drake spotted a fan wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt, to which he commented, “Free Meek Mill too. You right.” 

Meek, who is serving out a seemingly unjust prison sentence for violating his probation, has a long history with Aubrey. After accusing Drake of failing to write his own music, the two went back and forth calling each other out for months. The Philly-native inspired Drake to clap back by releasing “Back to Back” in which he notoriously calls out Meek for piggy-backing on his (now) ex-boo Nicki Minaj's fame. 

With all that behind them, Drake joins the numerous rappers who have shown support for Meek Mill as he serves a sentence many believe he doesn't deserve. In a New York Times op-ed, Jay Z explained that Meek's sentence is another example of the racial injustices that dictate the American criminal justice system. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” HOV wrote. Earlier this week, a large crowd gathered in Philly to show support for the Wins & Losses rapper, and both Rick Ross and PnB Rock were in attendance.  

It's too soon to tell whether or not this shout out officially concludes the Drake/Meek Mill beef. However Drizzy does appear to be prioritizing calling out racist institutions, over upholding some petty drama.

You can watch the full clip above. 

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