ComplexCon 2017

I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd annual ComplexCon event held at the Long Beach Convention Center this past weekend.  This was my first time going to this so I had no idea what to expect.  I looked online to see all the brands that were listed to be there, looked at people listed to be on the different panels, researched the food trucks that were slated to be there, backed by “First We Feast”, and lastly curated a schedule in line with all the things I wanted to do that weekend.


I attended the expo on both days and neither day disappointed.  I will admit on Saturday I was a bit overwhelmed.  There were over 150+ brands there, a number of panels I wanted to attend but start times overlapped of course to keep the crowds regulated, food trucks near the main and back entrance towards the arena, and a ton of exclusive releases just for this event.  The highlight for me on that Saturday was attending the “We in Here: Injecting the Culture into Hollywood” panel with Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler.  Both spoke about their individual journey taken in the film industry, how their involvement in the industry has paved the way for other successful projects and key takeaways on following your dreams and creating your own path/way to what is that you want and are passionate about.  After this panel, I saw tons of people just walking around like myself and being a part of “the culture”; whatever this means right lol.  I mean celebrity sightings went on for days.  G-Eazy casually walked through the crowd and stopped occasionally for pics, Andre 3000 relaxed in the center of an art exhibit and hand drew a portrait of a fan, Pharrell strolled through and admired a few art exhibitions, Jaden Smith signaled his entourage to his booth after a great live performance on the Pigeons & Planes stage, Superduper Kyle had a dance off with his dad in his booth, Big Sean walked to Puma to show off a recent sneaker collab, Gary Vee dropped free gems to people seeking advice on their own ventures and Virgil Abloh personally customized an Air Jordan 1 , instantly creating a 1 of 1 on the spot. I mean what more could you ask for.


I just knew Sunday would be more chill and sightings would be few but boy was I wrong.  Sunday may have been equally as eventful.  The highlight of Sunday in my opinion was the iamOTHER #begreat party hosted by Pharrell.  Up and coming artists opened the show and later the audience was surprised with guests such as Kap G, 2chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Uzi Vert and Migos.  The schedule did say surprise guests but whoa I didn’t expect anything of this magnitude.  I decided Sunday would be catered to picking up a few items since most things were designed and sold only here at this event.  PUMA was celebrating their 50th anniversary and released some dope kicks; specifically, a gray suede pair with a floral design.  Unfortunately, those weren’t for sale until 2018 and were only being displayed to heighten the anxiety for people like myself.  I did snag a tee from Wish Atlanta that I’d been eyeing for 2 consecutive days; the shirt lists all of the zones of Atlanta.  Definitely wanted to support the home team. Overall, Complexcon exceeded my expectations.  I left inspired and excited to be a part of an event designed to blend people of all over with similar interests and like minds.  I will definitely be back next year to partake in these festivities and I can’t wait to see how it evolves over the years. Fantastic job Complex!  Checkout my gallery below.

 

 

Powamekka Cafe

imageWhat happens when Tupac envisions his own restaurant and leaves the blueprint for the concept?  Sweet Chick, nestled in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, brings this idea to life 20 years later and becomes Powamekka Cafe for you to enjoy over a 3-day stint.  It was time for yet another much needed catch up and I’m so happy she suggested going to this.

The cafe was filled with pictures of Tupac from childhood to adulthood, portraits of what I took to be some of his musical influences and even newly designed restroom signs for the “playaz” and “divaz”.  Handwritten notes from Tupac about the restaurant concept, infamous quotes from the artist himself and never seen before poetry also lined the walls of this pop-up cafe.  Classic songs from Tupac flowed throughout and definitely made you feel his presence.  Although I knew this was not going to happen, it felt like at any given moment Tupac was going to appear surprisingly and thank the patrons for stopping by and supporting his vision. That’s just how much the ambiance made you feel his presence even in his absence.

The menu was made up of the artists’ favorite meals so for my entree I went with the meatloaf.  This wasn’t just ordinary meatloaf; it actually was made with duck and short rib.  The dish also came with mashed potatoes and a creamy mushroom sauce.  Delicious is an understatement for this one.  I cannot recall what was in my mixed drink but I definitely picked it solely based on the name “Queen of Cali”.  Overall I was very happy with my experience at this Tupac inspired restaurant and Sweet Chick did a phenomenal job of executing the concept that was laid out for Powamekka Cafe.  Enjoy the pics below.

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The Endless Summer Tour

The Endless Summer Tour headlined by G-Eazy and Logic was definitely a good summer concert to partake in. The tickets were very reasonably priced and the show included both Memphis’ own Yo Gotti and Mr. Bompton himself, better known as YG. I am definitely a fan of the latter 2 artists and figured the price was a steal so why not. I didn’t know what to expect at this concert so I went in to enjoy the experience. Unfortunately, I missed YG opening the concert but caught Yo Gotti. He performed a good line of music including the summer classic ‘Down in the DM’ and even gave a verse from a new song entitled ‘Wait for it’. Luckily, YG came back out to join G-Eazy to perform the remix for the ode to Donald Trump. We all know the title by now. Glad I was able to catch a performance by him.

Logic then came out to keep the crowd’s hype going. His new project, Bobby Tarintino, also had just dropped so he was able to perform both old and new tracks. I was astounded at the crowd’s response. Singing line for line, never missing a beat. After the response I saw Logic received, I couldn’t wait to see how it would go for G-Eazy. Man, it only got better. I heard a couple of songs from G-Eazy and was glad to hear them live including the popular songs like Me, Myself and I, Order More, and Drifting. G-Eazy also made sure to bring out special guests including Jadakiss, Ty Dolla Sign and Marc E. Bassy. All performers were great that night and I have a newfound respect for them, their craft and artistry. From seeing fans that had traveled several times to see both Logic and G-Eazy in concert and hear their stores, to Logic giving a special birthday shout out to the twins that were at the Barclays Center that night, to rocking the crowd the way they all did. Kudos to all of the performers. I love expanding my music catalog and experiencing a great concert. The Endless Summer Tour was a great way to keep the flow of summer music vibes in NYC. Enjoy some of the video footage I was able to capture and check out the new music from all of the artists mentioned.

Gucci’s Homecoming

On July 22nd, the world was finally able to hear the long awaited album ‘Everybody Looking’ from Atlanta’s own, Gucci Mane aka Guwop. Before there was knowledge of this album and its release date, upon Gucci’s return home, he announced the ‘Gucci and Friends Tour’ that would be hosted at The Fox in downtown Atlanta. My bestie, whom I love soooo much, purchased a ticket for me and just stated do my best to try to make it back down home. I immediately thought if Gucci’s home, I’m home and of course, I made it happen so I could be in attendance to this. The anticipation of what he would start the show with, which friends would also be performing, how many of my favorites would he perform, were all thoughts that I had until the lights dimmed and there he was.

In true Gucci fashion, it was only right to open the concert with one of my personal favorites ‘First Day Out’. Zaytoven, a highly renowned producer for many of Gucci’s classics, played the piano and we all started rapping the words. The show continued with many other hits, some mainstream and others for true fans of Gucci, such as Freaky Girl, Trap House,I’m a Dog, Go Head, Photoshoot and So Icy just to name a few. Now to the guests. I was overwhelmed with pure joy when I saw Future come out to one of his DS2 tracks, Stick Talk. Shortly thereafter he was joined by the one and only Drake. They performed Jumpman together from their #1 album, What a Time to be Alive and Drake also blessed us with Enemies and joined Gucci for their new summer tune, Back on Road. As if Future and Drake weren’t enough, Gucci’s friends also included OJ da Juiceman, 2 Chainz, Young Dolph and Peewee Longway. To say the concert was great, would be an understatement. Seeing that I was born and raised in Atlanta and love all things about my city, Gucci Mane was definitely a huge part of my lif, especially back in my college days for sure. To be home for this and to rap along to all of my favorite Gucci classics right alongside my best friend was definitely a night to remember.