#LifeAtComplex: Tons Of Surprises – ComplexCon Day 2

#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up. 

It's day 2 of ComplexCon and Tony chops it up with Marc Ecko, Virgil Abloh, and Russlynn Ali at the XQ Super School Project booth about redesigning the way schools should be. Later on special guests Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar stop by the Nike booth. Pharrell gives away 5 pairs of the ComplexCon exclusive N.E.R.D. Hu NMD! 

 
 

 

 
 

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#LifeAtComplex: Loads Of Surprises – ComplexCon Day 2

 It’s day 2 of ComplexCon and Tony chops it up with Marc Ecko, Virgil Abloh, and Russlynn Ali at the XQ Super School Project booth about redesigning the way schools should be. Later on special guests Kobe Bryant and Kendrick Lamar stop by the Nike booth. Pharrell gives away 5 pairs of the ComplexCon exclusive N.E.R.D. Hu NMD! 

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Eric Koston Goes Sneaker Shopping

Eric Koston is one of the best professional skateboarders of all time and he’s also the biggest sneakerhead in his industry. He recently joined Complex’s Joe La Puma to go Sneaker Shopping at Flight Club in Los Angeles and talked about his two decades of having a signature shoe and shared a deep knowledge of footwear.

In the episode, Koston shares how he feel in love with the Air Jordan 1 during a visit to Japan in 1994 and remembers looking up to skaters who wore the sneaker back in the day. He also explains how he convinced eS to copy the Air Jordan XII for one of his signature sneakers. Koston talks about how he signed with Nike SB in 2009 after being a long-time fan of the brand and what it was like to have a collaboration with Kobe Bryant. During the shoot, Koston goes on about his love for Supreme and what makes the brand’s Nike collaborations special and how Virgil Abloh wanted him to skate in the Off-White Blazers. He ends up spending almost $2,000 on the Kaws x Air Jordan IVs and the Nike Flyknit Trainers.

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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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Unboxing Nike’s ‘The Ten’ Collection by Virgil Abloh

Sole Collector's latest unboxing takes a closer look at four of the five pairs that initially released from Nike's “The Ten” Collection by Virgil Abloh.

The “Revealing” Air Max 90, Blazer, Air Presto, and Air Jordan 1 are all featured in the in-depth Unboxing, where we examine the materials used on each pair, as well as details like Abloh's signature red zip ties, quotation branding, and inside out boxes. 

If you missed out on the highly limited release in New York City, they will be receiving a worldwide release this November alongside the remaining five pairs from the collection. Also make sure to subscribe to the Sole Collector YouTube channel today to stay up to date with all of our latest videos.

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Sneaker Shopping With Rich The Kid

Rich The Kid, one of the hottest up and coming rappers who is currently on tour with Future and has a new album on the way, recently took time to meet up with Joe La Puma at Stadium Goods in New York City for the latest episode of Complex's Sneaker Shopping.

In the episode, Rich talks about his love of skateboarding, how he's skated with Lil Wayne, and his favorite Nike SB Dunks. He also reveals that him and Off White designer Virgil Abloh have been working together on a skateboarding shoe. Rich goes on to discuss how he wanted a pair of Air Jordans when he was younger and couldn't afford them, so he decided to flip bikes in his neighborhood to get the money for the sneakers. He also talks about his relationship with teenage re-selling prodigy Benjamin Kickz, shooting a video in a Goyard store, all en route to spending over $6,600 (one of the highest totals on Sneaker Shopping on Jordans, Yeezys, and more).

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#LifeAtComplex: Here’s What the Nike x Virgil Abloh “Off Campus” NYC Event Was Like

#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up.

After a short break, #LifeAtComplex is back with a very special episode as Tony and Beija attend Nike and Virgil Abloh’s “Off Campus” event in NYC. There Virgil shares his inspiration behind “The Ten” collection. Later, Tony hits viewers with the cinematics for the Off-White x Air Jordan 1.

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#LifeAtComplex: The Beija and Tony Talk Show Edition

#LifeAtComplex is a daily vlog that offers an inside look at Complex. Watch as Tony Mui takes viewers behind-the-scenes in the office—you never know who or what will pop up.

On today's episode, Tony and Beija hold their own impromptu talk show where they discuss what's happening in Houston right now (here's how you can help), ComplexCon, Virgil Abloh's upcoming Off-White event in NYC, and more. 

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Here’s Lil Uzi Vert’s Debut Album ‘Luv Is Rage 2’

Few albums started a louder conversation in 2017 than Lil Uzi Vert's Luv Is Rage 2, and it wasn't even released. Until now.

After what felt like endless delays, the Philly rapper has finally dropped his debut studio album. Fans received an official announcement the day of its release along with an album cover that featured a nod to Virgil Abloh's Off-White. Uzi Vert also shared what appeared to be alternate covers for the much anticipated project, or at the very least some other illustrative ideas he had kicking around:

 

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The wait for Lil Uzi Vert's proper debut included the massive success of “XO Tour Llif3,” which has reached triple platinum and also earned an unofficial slot on the shortlist of song of the summer contenders. Uzi Vert also upped his stage presence, becoming one of the the most exciting new acts to catch live. He's definitely been on a rock star wave.

The release of Luv Is Rage 2 didn't come without controversy, either. Back in July, five songs from the artist were shared on DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon’s Gangsta Grillz show on SiriusXM, without Uzi's knowledge. Keep in mind, Drama and Cannon have worked closely with Uzi Vert and have played a pivotal role in his success, so seeing the moment go down was a little awkward, though things seem to be cleared up now. Like Jay Z rapped, nobody wins when the family feuds.

The 16-song project only includes one holdover: “XO Tour Llif3.” The rest of it is all new material, which was a smart move on Uzi Vert's part. The guest list is as short as can be in 2017: only Pharrell and the Weeknd pop up on “Neon Guts” and “Unfazed,” respectively.

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You can stream and download Luv Is Rage 2 on Apple Music/iTunes, or check it out below via Spotify.

Lil Uzi Vert has a number of show dates lined up through the end of the year, including stops in Ohio, California, and Arizona; check his official website for the schedule.

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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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