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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Young Bulls Players Are Reportedly Sick of Dwyane Wade, Contract Buyout Is ‘Inevitable’

Earlier this offseason, Dwyane Wade opted in for the final year of his two-year deal with the Chicago Bulls, which seemed like a bizarre decision considering that the team is rebuilding and he's 35 years old (though feel free to point out that his $24 million salary is more than he would've commanded had he tested the market).

However, despite that development, D-Wade's days of being listed on Chicago's roster are clearly numbered, a fact that was once again echoed by ESPN's Nick Friedell on Tuesday, as he stated definitively that a buyout between the club and the 12-time All-Star is “inevitable.” Friedell made that statement during an airing of The Jump:

“This is inevitable. It's coming,” Friedell said. “It's just a matter of when not if. But right now, guys, it's just kind of a staring contest. Everybody's looking at each other saying 'OK, how much money are you willing to give up?'”

While saying that he didn't think the move would happen until December or January, Friedell also relayed that the young players on the Bulls had had enough of Wade, ever since he and Jimmy Butler aired them out after a loss to the Hawks this past January. The source of the contention, as you may remember, was Wade calling out his teammates in practice about working hard enough, despite the fact that he wasn't really practicing himself.

“The young players on the Bulls really can't stand Dwyane,” Friedell added. “It's no secret in Chicago, they have had enough.”

“He didn’t practice…but they really got upset because he called them all out in the media. And he said, 'You guys aren’t working hard enough.' And then they had a big team meeting the next day, and they said, 'Who are you to say we’re not working hard? Because we’re out there every day busting our butt.' So there’s a lot of friction there, a lot of tension.”

This info comes at the same time that there has been speculation about Wade joining the Cavs at some point in this upcoming season. And while that certainly would've been a much more exciting development a few years ago, it sounds like it couldn't come soon enough for players currently in the Bulls's locker room.

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Rich Homie Quan Blames Birdman for All Those Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan Song Leaks

A few years back, a bunch of songs from Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan leaked, causing an avalanche of speculation about who was behind it and why it happened in the first place. 

During the latest episode of Everyday Struggle, Quan revealed it was Birdman's decision to not pay certain people that led to the solo and Rich Gang songs hitting the web. “This one of the times Birdman didn't pay the studio, so the studio leaked all the music,” Quan said. “They said Bird didn't pay them so they leaked all the songs, bro.”

Quan explained he wasn't too thrilled about it happening. “I got mad… when I would see them, I kept thinking it was a dream. Like, 'I know this song.'”

“It might have been two songs out of all those songs that I really cared about,” he continued. “And once those two got leaked, I was like, 'Damn, those were going to be on the album.'” 

Quan said he was ultimately able to learn from it all. “That was the lesson: Quan, get your own studio. No music getting leaked.”

Even with the issue, Quan says he's still cool with Birdman and even saw him in L.A. recently. Check out Rich Homie Quan's comments on the situation at the 46:30 mark.

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Rich Homie Quan Talks Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake and Addresses Biggie Lyrics Flub on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska are joined by Rich Homie Quan for an in-depth conversation about Kendrick Lamar vs. DrakeChance the Rapper talking about the 90s, Trina's epic PSA, and more. Later, Quan opens up about his own career and breaks down what happened with him, Birdman, and Young Thug. He also addresses his infamous Biggie lyrics flub at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors​. 

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Conor McGregor Fires Back at Floyd Mayweather for Issuing Interesting Challenge to Him

On Tuesday night, just hours after a report emerged about how Conor McGregor’s recent sparring session with former world champion Paulie Malignaggi got “out of control,” Floyd Mayweather used his various social media accounts to issue a challenge of sorts to McGregor.

Originally, Mayweather and McGregor were both supposed to wear 10-ounce boxing gloves for their match on Aug. 26. That would, in theory, present some difficulties for McGregor, who is used to wearing 4-ounce gloves during UFC fights. But on Tuesday, Mayweather revealed that he would be willing to give McGregor an “advantage” by coming down slightly and wearing 8-ounce gloves in the ring. He also said that he’s open to doing whatever he has to in order to make McGregor feel “more comfortable” boxing so that the two fighters can “give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.” You can read his entire post here:

McGregor should have been thrilled with Mayweather’s decision to move from 10-ounce to 8-ounce gloves. Lighter gloves would allow him to rely on more of his power in the ring. But early Wednesday, McGregor fired back at Mayweather and said that he doesn’t care what size gloves they ultimately end up wearing. He also took aim at Mayweather’s “brittle hands” in a post he put up on Instagram and said he is “prepared to destroy” Mayweather when they fight:

The fact that Mayweather and McGregor are now going back-and-forth with one another over glove size might seem petty, but this was actually one of the bigger issues during the negotiations for the fight. Because McGregor is used to wearing lighter gloves in the UFC, he fought to have the gloves for the fight be as light as possible, while Mayweather argued that, if McGregor was going to step into his world, he should be prepared to do it in heavier gloves.

But despite what either fighter wants, it sounds like the Nevada Athletic Commission may have the final say as to what size gloves are used for the Mayweather/McGregor fight. According to ESPN, it’s likely that the commission will force the fighters to wear 10-ounce gloves during their match since that’s what they agreed to wear in their original contract for the fight. So all of the most recent trash talk between Mayweather and McGregor might not even matter in the grand scheme of things.

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The Weeknd Previews “Reminder (Remix)” f/ Young Thug and ASAP Rocky

A new track with the Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, and Young Thug? Yes, please.

On Thursday night, the Weeknd hit up social media with two previews of the upcoming track featuring Rocky and Thugger. The three apparently teamed up for a remix of “Reminder,” off of the Toronto’s most recent album, Starboy.

This isn't the first time the XO artist has worked with the rappers. As most of you know, Rocky appeared in the star-studded video for the original version of “Reminder.” And Abel assisted Jeremih’s “Pass Dat” remix alongside Thug and Chance the Rapper in 2016.

You can check out the teasers below.

 

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The Weeknd’s manager Amir “Cash” Esmailian shared the single’s art on Instagram, announcing it was coming “soon.” How soon? According to the Weeknd, we only have to wait “5 days.”

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21 Savage Talks ‘Issa,’ Drake, and State of Trap Music on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, 21 Savage joins Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska to talk his debut studio album Issa, why his Drake and Young Thug collab is never dropping, and more. 21 Savage also breaks down the state of trap music and what he thinks about the generation gap in rap. 

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Gunner Stahl Talks Photographing Gucci Mane and Getting Turned Down by DMX | The Culture

In just a few years Gunner Stahl has gone from a name to know in the photography world to being one of the elite photographers documenting some of the biggest names in hip-hop. On top of that, he's also released two photo books, shot a magazine cover, and hosted a number of gallery exhibits.

Even with the rapid success, it's safe to say his biggest moment has yet be captured. In the debut episode of The Culture, Complex's own Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins links up with the 25-year-old photographer to find out how he got to this point, and where he's going next.

Stahl's work behind the lens began at the age of 18 when he bought his first camera. He didn't get into portraits of musical acts until 2014 when he shot Wiz Khalifa after the Pittsburgh rapper had just dyed his hair purple. That moment inspired him to pursue photography more seriously.

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After a quick stop at a camera shop, Stahl and Jinx hit the studio for a photography session with ATL rapper Rich the Kid. There Stahl highlights the importance of trust between photographer and subject, and reveals his favorite commissioned gig was doing the cover art for Playboi Carti's self-titled debut mixtape.

Stahl also admits he got turned down by a high profile figure: “DMX… got me hyped bro.”

Check out the full episode above, where Gunner Stahl talks about capturing the moment Gucci Mane and Young Thug reunited after Mane was released from prison, and why he's inspired by photographer Chi Modu. Subscribe to Complex to catch more episodes of The Culture, and keep up with Stahl's latest moves on Instagram.

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2 New Lil Uzi Vert Songs Surface as Hype for ‘Luv Is Rage 2’ Builds

My BFF satan works in mysterious ways. This week, the Angel of Darkness blessed us with the surfacing of two fresh Lil Uzi Vert songs. As Luv Is Rage 2 still (!!!) doesn't have a firm release date, new tracks from the esteemed wearer of inverted crosses randomly popping up online will have to do.

“Alone Time” and “Repercussion” surfaced this week, as spotted by HipHop-N-More Tuesday. At the time of this writing, it's unclear where—if anywhere—these tracks will land. Are they Luv Is Rage 2 cuts? Throwaways? An early glimpse at a Lil Uzi Vert x Marilyn Manson collab album that I can only hope will happen? No clue. Stream them both below.

Lil Uzi Vert, despite keeping the Luv Is Rage 2 release date under wraps, has been consistently teasing new music on Instagram:

 

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Previous Lil Uzi Vert sermons “XO Tour Llif3” and “Money Longer” were certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America last month. Both tracks appeared on separate projects, with “XO Tour Llif3” serving as the monster hit from this year's Luv Is Rage 1.5 while “Money Longer”—Uzi's first single—comes from his 2016 project Lil Uzi Vert vs. the World.

As for what will actually end up on the long-awaited Luv Is Rage sequel, no one knows.​ In the meantime, check out DJ Mustard's just-released “XO Tour Llif3” remix and get caught up what we do know about the project below:​

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Floyd Mayweather Responds to Report About Him Owing IRS Significant Amount of Money

On Monday, a report emerged indicating that Floyd Mayweather currently owes the IRS a large amount of money ​due to a lingering tax liability from back in 2015. According to that report, Mayweather has filed a petition in a tax court asking for a reprieve from making any payments to the IRS until after he fights Conor McGregor on Aug. 26, at which time he will have more than enough money to pay Uncle Sam back. The report made it seem like Mayweather would need to liquidate some of his assets in order to pay the IRS right now, which wouldn’t make sense when he can pay them in cash following his fight with McGregor.

Mayweather’s lawyer Jeffrey Morse did a lengthy interview with Fight Hype shortly after the IRS report came out, and he attempted to explain why Mayweather has a tax liability dating back to 2015. According to him, Mayweather “always pays his taxes,” but he also takes advantage of certain regulations that “allow taxpayers to defer their tax liability in certain circumstances.” Morse argued that Mayweather isn’t putting off paying his tax liability because he can’t pay it, but rather, he’s putting it off because the IRS allows it and it allows Mayweather the chance to make more on the money he’s earned by investing it elsewhere instead of simply handing it right over to the IRS. There are people who are skeptical about whether or not that’s actually the case, but you can read Morse’s interview here to get his side of things or listen to his interview below to hear him explain the situation.

Very early Tuesday morning, Mayweather himself also responded to the IRS report by taking to his Instagram account to reveal that he paid $26 million in taxes back in 2015. He told his followers to “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear, especially when it comes to the media in this country,” and he also made it seem as though he doesn’t have any issues with the IRS from back in 2015. It appears to be a slightly different story than the one his tax lawyer told, but it’s clear Mayweather isn't going to lose any sleep over the stories about him that have been circulating over the last 24 hours:

In addition to putting up that post on Instagram, Mayweather did an interview with Fight Hype from his private jet early Tuesday and said that Donald Trump and Bill Gates are the only ones allowed to question his money. He talked about it at around the 2:10 mark of this clip:

McGregor weighed in on the situation late Monday as well, and he, of course, used the IRS report to help add fuel to the fire as far as the upcoming Mayweather/McGregor fight is concerned. McGregor was spotted shopping on Rodeo Drive, and the paparazzi asked him to respond to the report about his opponent. And McGregor was more than happy to use it to take a couple shots at Mayweather.

“That’s gotta sting,” he said. “He shoulda paid his taxes and stayed retired and kept my name out of his mouth.”

It’s hard to tell what the truth is here, but if nothing else, all of this chatter about the IRS and deferred tax payments should make the Mayweather/McGregor press conference on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles even more interesting than it was already going to be. Look for McGregor to try and use it to his advantage during the war of words that’s sure to ensue, and look for Mayweather to try and use it to remind everyone that he’s got way more zeroes in his bank account than McGregor does. It should be…something.

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