ComplexCon 2018: Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples & More Highlights From Night 1


Saturday (Nov. three) on the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., 1000’s dripping within the newest streetwear choices arrived to participate within the third annual ComplexCon.

The sprawling competition cum exhibition and commerce present, which has drawn crowds of upwards of 35,000 since its launch in 2016, has grow to be the blueprint for related conventions that mix industry-focused panels and academic talks with customized procuring experiences and performances from musicians who’ve intimately contributed to the cultural intersection of artwork, model and music. 

Between refueling on the First We Feast meals village and battling crowds throughout the labyrinthian bowels of the conference middle, visitors made their option to the Pigeons & Planes stage, the place acts starting from Boston native Michael Christmas and Trill Sammy, to World’s Fair and Lou the Human, interjected a celebration spirit into what would in any other case be a protracted day of sightseeing with their exuberant units. Later within the day, Fool’s Gold founder and DJ A-Trak carried out alongside Leikeli47 and Kari Faux, setting a celebratory tone for an hour-long  efficiency by Canadian rapper and XO affiliate Nav, who ran by hits like “Reckless” and the Metro Boomin’ featured “Perfect Timing."

But it was California native Vince Staples who stoked the viewers’s power from a low-burning hearth to a roaring, mosh-pitting flame. “My identify is Vince Staples and I’m from Long Beach,” mentioned the hoodie-bedecked rapper, whose new challenge, FM!, dropped the day earlier than. Performing in entrance of a stage design meant to imitate a collection of surveillance cameras, Staples launched into “Outside!”, the second single from the challenge, earlier than crip strolling by the Kamaiyah-featured “No Bleedin’,” additionally from FM! “I put out a challenge final evening known as FM!” mentioned Staples, earlier than bringing Jay Rock to the stage to help with “Don’t Get Chipped,” the menacing CuBeatz- and Kenny Beats-produced single on which the duo collaborated. 

“You owe me yet one more,” Staples playfully advised Jay Rock, prompting the Watts-born rapper to launch into his Kendrick-featured smash, “Win.” Staples closed the hour-long set, which additionally featured hits like “Bagbak” from his critically-acclaimed sophomore album, Big Fish Theory, with a particular look from Ty Dolla $ign, who lent his signature crooning to “Feels Like Summer.” 

Next up was Mississippi-born duo Rae Sremmurd, who closed the evening by performing in opposition to a cabana-themed backdrop that included palm timber, a thatched umbrella and, oddly, a Brinks safety truck. The brothers got here to the stage shirtless, toting alongside a bottle of Hennessy which they shared all through the efficiency. “We gotta make a full fucking film!” Jxmmi advised the viewers as Swae Lee danced his method by the opening chords of “No Type," earlier than transitioning into “No Flex Zone” after which “Rock N Roll Hall of Fame." 

Flanked by a projection display screen that includes a cash theme, the pair then took a couple of minutes to work together with the group, shouting out the faculty youngsters, whom they credited for setting future traits.

“We gotta convey out a few of the homies,” Swae defined to the screaming crowd, earlier than introducing Tyga, who carried out “Taste," inciting a mosh pit within the middle of the venue. The brothers additionally introduced out Ozuna and violinist Miri Ben-Ari, earlier than ending the night with favorites like “Black Beatles," “Guatemala” and the French Montana-featured “Unforgettable."