André 3000, Jon Wexler, Sarah Andelman, and More Discuss the Importance of Collaboration | ComplexCon(versations)

Earlier this week, we unveiled part one of The Art of Collab panel that took place at ComplexCon 2017 which featured Hiroshi Fujiwara talking to Jeff Staple about his legacy in design and collaborating with brands like Nike, Louis Vuitton, and Starbucks. In part two, Staple, Fujiwara​, Sarah Andelman (founder, Colette​), André 3000, and Jon Wexler (Vice President of Global Entertainment and Influencer Marketing, Adidas) come together for a discussion about the importance of collaboration.

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.”

The panelists also share their thoughts on the reselling industry, and Wexler talks about Adidas working with big names like Kanye West and Pharrell.

Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring LaVar Ball, Virgil Abloh, DeRay Mckesson, Jerry Lorenzo, and more.

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Rap Over/Under: Drake No. 1 Singles in 2018, Nicki/Cardi First Week Sales, Lil Pump’s Next Deal

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. 

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Charlize Theron Takes a Rorschach Test While Eating Spicy Wings | Hot Ones

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.

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Legendary Designer Hiroshi Fujiwara Breaks Down His Biggest Collaborations | ComplexCon(versations)

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.

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Gucci Mane Plans to Drop a Mixtape ‘Every Other Day’ in 2018

It seems 2018 will be the year of Gucci Mane. The veteran rapper, who will be performing at ComplexCon in November, took to Twitter to proclaim he will be going “100 percent independent and dropping a mixtape every other day.” Yes, Gucci Mane has said that he will drop a new mixtape every other day in 2018. Which is, considering there are 365 days in a year, a very large amount.

Gucci, who was released from prison in May of 2016, has been putting in a ton of work and seems to have no plans of slowing down. Among his releases are two studio albums, Everybody Looking and The Return of East Atlanta Santa.

He also just released a fascinating memoir, co-written with Neil Martinez-Belkin, called The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. The book revealed a ton of interesting information about the influential rapper, from the history behind his name to the inspiration behind his hit “Lemonade.” 

To date, Gucci has released an impressive ten studio albums. His eleventh, Mr. Davis, comes out Oct. 13 and boasts features from ASAP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Migos, Monica, Ty Dolla Sign, and others.

Want to experience Complex IRL? Check out our second annual ComplexCon, a festival and exhibition taking place in Long Beach, California Nov. 4-5. Host committee members include Murakami, Pharrell, Virgil Abloh, Sarah Andelman, J Balvin and Jaden Smith. For more information on performers, panels, and tickets, visit ComplexCon.com.

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N*E*R*D, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, and M.I.A. Set to Headline Second Annual ComplexCon

The music lineup for the second annual ComplexCon has officially been announced, and it expands on everything that made the first year such a success for fans of the latest and greatest in hip-hop. N*E*R*D is set to headline the first night of the two-day festival, which kicks off on Nov. 4 in Long Beach, California. Gucci Mane, M.I.A., and Young Thug will headline the second night on Nov. 5.

In addition to the headliners, there will also be a long list of other performers set to hit the stage at ComplexCon. Those performers will include DJ Khaled, A-Trak and Friends, D.R.A.M., SUPERDUPERKYLE, A$AP Ferg, Jaden Smith, Virgil Abloh, i am OTHER #BeGreat Party ft. Special Guests, Noname, Ski Mask the Slump God, Wifisfuneral, Dreezy, Chloe x Halle, Injury Reserve, Ronny J Presents, Cozy Boys, and more. Additionally, Fool’s Gold Day Off will make ComplexCon its southern California performance stop.

Tickets for ComplexCon will go on sale starting at 12 p.m. PST on August 25 at Complexcon.com.

Want to experience Complex IRL? Check out our second annual ComplexCon, a festival and exhibition taking place in Long Beach, California Nov. 4-5. Host committee members include Murakami, Pharrell, Virgil Abloh, Sarah Andelman, J Balvin and Jaden Smith. For more information on performers, panels, and tickets, visit here

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