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KDA × Tinashe – Die a Little Bit

KDA VS TINASHE DIE A LITTLE BIT FEATURING MS BANKS & KARNAGE KILLS IS RELEASED TODAY

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KDA released Die A Little Bit VS. Tinashe and featuring Ms Banks & Karnage Kills.

Like all modern romances, Die A Little Bit started in the DMs. Having previously worked together on his Just Say smash, KDA messaged Tinashe to let her know how much he loved the track and she immediately sent him the stems. He then enlisted Ms. Banks and the unstoppable Grime talent [Vice], Karnage Kills – who refers to himself as The Grime Barbie – to add some bars.

Within hours of KDA leaking his version of Die A Little Bit to Annie Mac, she was hammering it on her Radio 1 show. Cue a massive and overwhelmingly positive reaction, and a flurry of demand for the track to be released. It fell to the legendary Pete Tong to seal the deal, and Die A Little Bit was confirmed to be released via his ThreeSixZero label in the US and powerhouse British label Black Butter in the UK.

Die A Little Bit is the lead single from KDA’s forthcoming KDA Live Club Show EP and sets the tone for what is to follow. With an emphasis on energy and diversity, it fuses the worlds of RnB, Grime and the Black gay underground, highlighting KDA’s daring, lawless approach to music making and passion for bringing daring and different elements into the same space, purely to see what can happen.

A broad, scintillating collection, a mini-manifesto, KDA’s forthcoming KDA Live Club Show EP, is centered around his coming of age in London’s Soho. Steeped in his own personal history, it brings out the colour he remembers from iconic LGBTQ+ nightspots there.

I came to realise that I spoke about Soho in the past tense, says KDA. London has changed; it was all bright lights, neon signs, there was a danger to it. And when you walk around in Soho now, that’s not there anymore. I want to talk about those stories, with some of the friends and musicians that I’ve met over the past 10 years.

Kris di Angelis, (KDA), has led one of British music’s most remarkable careers. A shy South London kid who found his identity amid the debauchery of the city’s network of underground gay clubs, he’s renowned for his 10-year-long DJing stint alongside Jodie Harsh at Soho’s wildest clubs and spending two decades at the top, notching up more triumphs than virtually any of his peers. He’s been named official DJ for London Fashion Week three years running, scored a number one single with Turn The Music Louder (Rumble), (crafted alongside Katy B and Tinie Tempah), and, more recently, released a torrent of projects during lockdown. This includes his Honey Dijon refix, his sought-after Moi Renee Miss Honey VIP edit, his universally beloved The Human Stone ft. Angie Stone, and his stellar take on the hit Rudimental x Annie-Marie and Tion Wayne link up Come Over. KDA has earned his place in the spotlight, and he’s done it while staying true to the passions and beliefs that first fired his clubbing imagination.

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Carly Gibert QxA

Carly Gibert is a 19-year-old house, R&B, and pop music artist, who recently was signed to 10:22PM/Def Jam Recordings. The bi-lingual, Spanish born singer just released her groovy single, “Interstellar,” which reflects on her move from Spain to LA. The disco-inspired bop appears on NOW Volume 79, and can be listened to HERE. Gibert has been making music since the age of four, and her passion for creating is evident in all of her releases. We sat down with the rising house star to speak about the inspiration behind her latest release, her songwriting process, and whats to come next in 2021.

  1. What inspired you to write “Interstellar?”

“Interstellar” is about trying to make someone care for you as much as you care for them. You would do anything for the other person, but they only think about what’s best for them. When I moved to LA from Spain–where I was born and raised–I kind of started a new life, it felt like living in another universe. “Interstellar” actually means “living between stars,” and that is how LA felt to me. It only took me moving to the other side of the planet to realize that I wasn’t taking care of myself. It also references the movie Interstellar (which is one of my favorite movies of all time) with its theme of leaving your life behind and starting over in an entirely different setting.

  1. How would you describe the sound of “Interstellar” in three words?

Futuristic, disco and progress.

  1. What musicians influence your music style the most?

Not specifically for this song, but I grew up with and have always been very inspired by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Mac Miller and Tyler the Creator. I definitely grew up on house music as well, since my dad would play it at home all the time; and I think you can actually hear that on “Interstellar.” The song has a kind of house vibe to it.

  1. What does your song writing process usually look like? Was this process the same for the writing of “Interstellar”?

I usually start off with one of the 100,000 notes on my phone. I write notes every single day–anywhere, anytime. You never know when the inspiration is going to hit, so this is how I keep track of my thoughts. When I find a lyric idea or a concept that resonates with how I’m feeling, I start writing random lines around it. At first, it honestly doesn’t make any sense and nothing rhymes. At that point, it’s all about placing the right lines in the right places and making them fit into a melody. This was also the writing process of “Interstellar.” I sometimes like to start with the melodies, though, and just build the lyrics based on the melody.

  1. If you could design your dream music festival where you were the headlining act, who would you choose to perform alongside?

If we’re talking about VERY ambitious dreams, I would obviously say Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Kanye. Then, of course, Frank Ocean, Tyler the Creator, A$AP Rocky, Doja Cat, Audrey Nuna, SZA, BIA, Anderson .Paak, Rosalía, Saint Bodhi, Little Simz, Kali Uchis, Kaytranada, Rico Nasty, Tinashe, Ryan Beatty, Daniel Caesar, Miguel, Jorja Smith…there are too many great artists.

  1. What has it been like being signed and working with 10:22PM/DefJam?

If someone told me 3 years ago that I would be working with the people I’m working with today, I wouldn’t believe them. The people I’ve met and am surrounded by are some of the people I look up to the most, and I’m so grateful for everyone who made it possible. I have a very close relationship with everyone on my team. I speak to my A&R literally every day, and I’m so lucky to be able to talk directly to the label if I ever need something. I’m super involved in all aspects of my career, so having a direct relationship with the label is very reassuring.

  1. What is something about you or your music that fans might not expect?

I would definitely say singing in Spanish. It’s something I’ve never done before, and I’m so excited to do it. I don’t have any full songs in Spanish at the moment, but I do have some verses here and there. The next song I’m releasing actually includes Spanish verses. Growing up, I was very insecure about singing in Spanish because I thought my accent was weird. It didn’t flow as naturally as English did, even though Spanish is my first language. Through the years, I’ve been practicing improving my diction and I feel a lot more comfortable now. I guess I just had to make it my own and embrace the “Spanish person who can’t articulate Spanish” aspect of myself.

  1. What is next to come from you in 2021?

I have two more songs that I really love coming out in the next couple of months. Hopefully an EP by the end of the year? (Nobody confirmed that—I just made it up—but I’m putting it out in the world). To be honest, all I want to do this year is release all the music I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. These songs are so special to me, and I can’t wait for everyone to listen to what I have to say.

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Oliver Malcolm Remixes Glass Animals – Tokyo Drifting

Rising artist Oliver Malcolm joins Glass Animals front man Dave Bayley for a new episode of “Cereal Bars” — a show where artists share their come up story and freestyle over a beat made fresh by Dave. The result is a cowboy inspired apocalyptic anthem that combines Dave’s beat prowess and Oliver’s imaginative storytelling. In the very special edition of the episode, the young producer/songwriter also shared a remix he made of a Glass Animals’ track; “Tokyo Drifting” featuring Denzel Curry. Watch the full episode and sneak peek of Oliver’s remix here. Listen to the remix of Glass Animals’ “Tokyo Drifting” feat. Denzel Curry here.

The appearance comes at the heels of Oliver Malcolm’s debut EP, Are You Living in The Real World? which features critically acclaimed tracks like “Switched Up,” “Skywalker,” “Helen” and more. Listen to the project in full here.

About Oliver Malcolm

Oliver Malcolm got his start early, teaching himself how to spin records at 12 years old. Shortly after, he downloaded Logic and taught himself how to produce – working with IDK, Aluna George, Joey Bada$$, Jay Rock, Masego, Tinashe and more. Now twenty, Oliver has developed his own voice. Touching everything from the production, vocals, songwriting, engineering, mixing and mastering,  Oliver’s sound is unique and does not fit the mold of one genre. Quick to be praised by the likes of New York Times, TIME Magazine, Pigeons & Planes, Interview Magazine, CLASH, NME and more, Oliver Malcolm is priming his trajectory to be a long and critical one. A multidisciplinary at heart, this is just the beginning of what music lovers can look forward to from the new artist.

Praise for Oliver Malcolm

“Oliver Malcolm is the dynamic rising star ready kick up a storm with his diverse, new punk-indebted EP.” — NME

“With its deep bassline and bluesy melodies alchemizing jazz and pop influences, he crafts an almost tangible atmosphere of melancholy [in “Helen”] as pleas to a woman echo throughout.” — Pigeons & Planes, Best New Artist

“Oliver Malcolm’s ‘Switched Up’ Is Intoxicating… new single ‘Switched Up’ is a mesh of influences, a confluence of sounds, a mosaic of techniques.” — CLASH

“Oliver Malcolm [is] The UK’s Most Talented Bad Boy.” — Interview Magazine

“A lot of artists claim genre-blending style, but Malcolm’s is altogether impossible to define. Is it alt-blues? Dark electro-pop? Folk-hip-hop? Does it matter?” — TIME Magazine, Best New Song

“The hip-hop producer-turned-twisted musical anarchist is making songs for nobody but himself. You’ll love them anyway.” — i-D Magazine

“The drums lurch toward the offbeats, some looped guitar picking tugs against that pulse and Malcolm’s voice is a rattled, quavery moan…Everything stays off-kilter for the two and a half paranoid minutes of “Switched Off” by Oliver Malcolm.” — New York Times, Playlist

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ZHU × Arctic Lake

ZHU SHARES NEW SONG AND VIDEO, YOURS FEAT. ARCTIC LAKE

Track Is From His New Album, DREAMLAND 2021, Out This Friday Via Astralwerks

ZHU Returns To Stage With Six Sold-Out Shows At Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre

View Yours Video Here

Pre-Save / Pre-Order DREAMLAND 2021 Here

Just days before the release of his new album, DREAMLAND 2021ZHU unveils the richly cinematic track, Yours, feat. Arctic LakeZHU’s pensive keyboards shift to a simmering rhythm as he and UK alt-pop artist Arctic Lake who recently joined him on the Astralwerks roster trade vocals,evoking the uneasy tension between love in the moment and the aching for love everlasting. Mitch Bell (THEY., Tame Impala), who served as guitarist/musical director for ZHU’s 2016 NEON CITY tour,adds searing guitar.The three artists wrote the track together. Listen HERE.

The official video, directed by Yan Bokhanovich and produced by Daniel Shapovalov, takes inspiration from the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window and further explores the voyeurism of ZHU’s ONLY video. From the recesses of ZHU’s mind, the plot unfolds as two girls begin dancing in an apartment. As other characters emerge from nearby streets and buildings, they become entranced, then obsessed with watching the girls. View Yours HERE.

Ahead of this Friday’s release of DREAMLAND 2021 on Astralwerks, fans can pre-save / pre-order the album and instantly receive Yours plusSky Is Crying ft. Yuna and ONLY, ZHU’s collaboration with Tinashe. See below for the full track listing.

Sky Is Crying has amassed over 3.2 million combined global streams since its release in late March. Billboard said, Zhu has always been a vessel for the dark and surreal, and Sky Is Crying meets an age of hope and despair with somber groove.View the animated official video for Sky Is Crying HERE. Upon the release of ONLY in 2020, Dancing Astronaut hailed the song as a blend of ominous undertones with an alluring edge while Stereogum praised the dark electronic pop track built around reverberating keyboard arpeggios and an increasingly frenetic thump. View the official video for ONLY HERE.

DREAMLAND 2021 was made at home during quarantine, but as ZHU crafted the new set’s grimy techno and sweaty house tracks, he imagined the record as the propulsive score to a world starting to spin back into motion. DREAMLAND 2021 is about looking forward and creating a version of the future we want to exist in, ZHU says.

ZHU will celebrate the album’s release during his six sold-out DREAMROCKS shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO in May. Hisunprecedented run at the legendary venue is one of the first major multi-night stands to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered live music venues around the world. He will also be performing at numerous 2021 festivals, including ARC, III Points and Outside Lands.

DREAMLAND 2021 Track Listing

  1. Lost It
  2. Distant Lights
  3. Blue Dream
  4. How Does It Feel (feat. Channel Tres)
  5. Sky Is Crying (feat. Yuna)
  6. Sweet Like Honey
  7. Yours (feat. Arctic Lake)
  8. SOCO
  9. ONLY (feat. Tinashe)
  10. Zhudio54
  11. Good4U (feat. Kota the Friend)
  12. I Need That

Tour Dates

Mon, MAY 3 Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CORSVP

Tue, MAY 4 Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CORSVP

Wed, MAY 5 Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CORSVP

Sun, MAY 9 Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CORSVP

Mon, MAY 10 Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CORSVP

Tue, MAY 11 Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CORSVP

Sat, SEP 4 ARC Music Festival 2021Chicago, ILRSVP

Sun, SEP 5 ARC Music Festival 2021Chicago, ILRSVP

Fri, OCT 22 III Points 2021Miami, FLRSVP

Sat, OCT 30 Outside Lands Festival 2021San Francisco, CARSVP

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KyleYouMadeThat New Single

KYLEYOUMADETHAT RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VISUALIZER “ALL ABOUT CAKE” WITH COI LERAY & KAASH PAIGE

Increasing his momentum, rising Toronto artist and producer KyleYouMadeThat joins forces with Coi Leray and Kaash Paige on his high-energy new track “All About Cake” today.

Listen to “All About Cake:” HERE

The track is the soundtrack to one of this year’s biggest TikTok dance trends yet. With over one million TikTok dance videos created to the song by some of pop culture’s biggest talent including LizzoCharli D’amelio and more, KyleYouMadeThat added budding pop star Coi Leray and the buzzing R&B singer Kaash Paige to the track to trade bag chasing bars on the beat.

In the visualizer, a bikini-clad girl gang armed with super soakers wilds out by a pool, chowing down on cake and, inevitably, getting into a confectionary ingredient everywhere. You need to see it to believe it.

Watch “All About Cake:” HERE

It arrives hot on the heels of HOOPLA—the collaboration between KyleYouMadeThat and NLE Choppa, It has already racked up over 1.3 million streams and earned critical acclaim. HotNewHipHop enthusiastically described it as “a bouncy banger.

“HOOPLA” initially exploded on Tik Tok when KyleYouMadeThat shared nothing more than the beat on his page. Dance influencer Karaleigh Cannella shared a viral dance soundtracked by the production, and Seventeen praised it among “The Hottest TikTok Dances You Can’t Stop Doing.

KyleYouMadeThat already moved the internet, and now he’s set to move the culture. Soundtracking 16 million-plus videos on Tik Tok and generating views in the billions by 2021, the Toronto-born artist, producer, and creative cooks up genre-defiant anthems and curates’ viral moods. After years producing for the likes of Trey SongzRyan Leslie, and Tinashe, he found himself stuck at home at the onset of the Global Pandemic. He leveled up all-around, becoming more proficient at graphic design, photo editing, and video editing. He also studied Tik Tok and pledged to “get a viral hit. He didn’t just go viral; he practically broke the platform. “Crystal Dolphin” incited videos by dozens of influencers such as Charli D’Amelio [102 million followers], Addison Rae [71 million followers], SpencerX [50 million followers], and Loren Gray [50 million followers] as well as superstar Jason Derulo. Not to mention, the success translated to other platforms with 56 million streams on Spotify. Meanwhile, “All About Cake” inspired videos by everyone Kimberlyloazia [31.8 million followers] and Tony Lopez [23 million] to three posts from Lizzo. It would be his off-kilter sonic sensibility that shined through the loudest though, defining a whole wave in the process under the radar. Now, he asserts himself as both a trend architect and precise hitmaker on a series of 2021 singles for The Heavy Group/Republic Records, tipped off by “HOOPLA” with NLE Choppa.

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ZHU – Risky Business

Today, Astralwerks released ZHU’s new single, Risky Business. At once ominous and mesmerizing, the track unfolds by turns languid and propulsive but always with an underlying tension. ZHUߣs hushed vocals lure the listener to “risk it all” and enter into the dark, enticing world of the unknown. Download / stream Risky Business HERE.

Filmed in Los Angeles, the official video appears to be a piece of jumpy surveillance footage from an experiment known as Project 20201. The camera captures the provocative activities of a series of unknown subjects who frequent a bedroom. After a fade to black and a flip to black and white film, the surveillance continues. The subjects are gone and a team of fixers, clad in hazmat suits, descend on the location to remove any evidence of what transpired. Watch for ZHU’s appearance in the final frames, his role as mysterious as Project 20201 itself. ZHU directed the official video alongside Joey Vitalari. Kristin Schaefer produced. View Risky Business HERE.

To accompany the release of Risky Business, ZHU has launched new merchandise collection, inspired by the video. Offerings include an unreleased content hard drive, a hazmat suit, an evidence bag, safety glasses, a duffle bag and a variety of attire, including an orange faux fur coat. All items are available by chance in mystery bags. Browse the collection, which will be available for a limited time, HERE.

Last night, ZHU premiered Risky Business during the second installment of CLUB ZHUM, a livestream from the risky epicenter of the world of the Zhudio. During his set, he incorporated some of the Risky Business merchandise. Earlier in the week, he celebrated the second anniversary of the release of Ringos Desert with the release of limited-edition vinyl and associated merchandise in his store.

The artwork for the single features a series of stills from the video, shot by Joey Vitalari. Risky Business follows ZHU’s recent collaborations with Kito (Follow ft. Jeremih), Tinashe (ONLY), partywithray (CAME FOR THE LOW) and Bob Moses (Desire). EDM.com said, “ZHU has continuously impressed throughout 2020”; and noted, “catchy club anthem (Follow) is set to fill playlists around the globe with its snappy percussion, striking piano chords, and flawless vocal contribution from Jeremih.” Praising the dance floor burner, YourEDM said, “We couldn’t dream up a better collaborative trio.” ZHU’s recent performances have included Inside Lands, the virtual festival presented by Outside Lands, and Virtual Lollapalooza 2020. ZHU has also recently launched partnerships with Luminosity Gaming and Leica.

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Oliver Malcolm – Helen

RISING ARTIST OLIVER MALCOLM RELEASES SELF-DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE “HELEN” FOLLOWS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, DEBUT SINGLE “SWITCHED UP”

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Rising artist Oliver Malcolm has today released the music video for his self-produced single, “Helen.” A jack of all trades, Oliver extends himself creatively once again by directing the arresting visual which bears repeating after the first play. The video first premiered on Pigeons & Planes, who appointed Oliver as one of their “Best New Artists” last month — to read the interview Oliver gave the outlet, CLICK HERE.

Oliver Malcolm recently participated in FADER’s Digital Fort 2020 and took to breaking down the single “Helen.” For an insight in Oliver’s production and songwriting process, watch “The Making of ‘Helen’” HERE. The Swedish born, London raised artist is fast becoming one of music’s favorite new discoveries. With two explosive singles under his belt and more to be released soon, Oliver has received early praise by the likes of New York Times, FADER, Ones To Watch, SPIN and more.

Listen to “Helen” HERE

Praise for Oliver Malcolm & “Switched Up”

“A sleek hybrid of rap and R&B” — FADER

“The drums lurch toward the offbeats, some looped guitar picking tugs against that pulse and Malcolm’s voice is a rattled, quavery moan…Everything stays off-kilter for the two and a half paranoid minutes of “Switched Off” by Oliver Malcolm” — New York Times, Playlist

“Oliver Malcolm’s ‘Switched Up’ Is Intoxicating… new single ‘Switched Up’ is a mesh of influences, a confluence of sounds, a mosaic of techniques.” — CLASH

About Oliver Malcolm

Oliver Malcolm got his start early, teaching himself how to spin records at 12 years old. Shortly after, he downloaded Logic and taught himself how to produce – working with IDK, Aluna George, Joey Bada$$, Jay Rock, Masego Tinashe and more. Now twenty, Oliver has developed his own voice. Touching everything from the production, vocals, songwriting, engineering, mixing and mastering,  Oliver’s sound is unique and does not fit the mold of one genre. A multidisciplinary at heart, this is just the beginning of music lovers can look forward to from the new artist.

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Oliver Malcom Debut Single

INTRODUCING OLIVER MALCOLM

DEBUT SINGLE “SWITCHED UP” OUT NOW!

DIRECTED BY JESS KOHL IN COLLABORATION WITH OLIVER MALCOLM

WATCH HERE

Swedish born, London raised artist Oliver Malcolm delivers his debut solo effort — new single “Switched Up” (released on Darkroom/Interscope Records). The efficacious single blurs the lines of hip hop, alternative and R&B showcasing the twenty-year old’s pension for genre blending production and songwriting. “Switched Up” was offered with an equally dynamic visual directed by Jess Kohl in collaboration with Oliver himself — watch now!

Oliver Malcolm began his musical endeavor early, teaching himself how to spin records at 12 years old. Shortly after, he downloaded a cracked version of Logic and taught himself how to produce, which would turn into working with IDK, MF Doom, Joey Bada$$, Jay Rock, Masego, Tinashe and more. Now 20, Oliver has developed his own voice and songwriting ability. Touching everything from the production, vocals, songwriting, engineering, mixing and mastering, Oliver’s sound is unique and does not fit the mold of one genre. A multidisciplinary at heart, this is just the beginning of what music lovers can look forward to from the new artist.

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ComplexCon 2018

By Krishan Narsinghani

For the third annual year, ComplexCon takes over the greater LA area. Set in Long Beach, California, major brands and celebrities flooded their convention center to witness spectacular musical acts, speakers, brands and art. Over the two days, 360 Magazine visited various booths – Puma, Champion, Reebok, Pink Dolphin, 1800 Tequila, Cadillac and more. Reebok’s exclusive ComplexCon shoe, the R58 stunted vibrant colors and introduced all three logos shown for the first time.

Takashi Murakami, contemporary artist on the host committee, sprinkled his aesthetics across the summit (in addition to a collaboration with Drake’s OVO). 1800 Tequila partnered with artist Adam Lucas and streetwear designer Nicky Diamonds for custom-made vintage denim jackets which were raffled at this year’s program. Attendees waiting in line for the McDonald’s installation were treated with Mcnuggets and fries before choosing patches to press onto free backpacks and shirts.

Recording artist Tinashe was a 360 favorite. The urban singer performed hits “Company” and “2 On.” Other performances included Lil Baby, Nav and T-Pain while the crowd also bopped to headliners Rae Sremmurd and Future. Duo Sremmurd surprised fans with a special appearance from rapper Tyga.

ComplexCon(versations) topics revolved around today’s thought on politics, culture, fashion and music. Billboard producer of the decade, Pharrell Williams was a host due to his creative sense on the latest pop culture trends. Tommy Hilfiger spoke on his relationships with Hip-Hop and the connections between music and fashion. Jaden Smith and Yara Shahidi discussed growth out of chaos and how youth should address political issues. Rapper and icon, Nas, spoke on the behind-the-scenes of film, “Belly” and how it changed Hip-Hop and Hollywood.

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The PUMA Galleria saw sneakerheads excited to check out the 90’s vibes in the Toys, Tech, Tracks and Trophies sections with line ups for the limited RS-X Toys custom sneaker works by JBF Customs and Alexander John inspired by 90s Tech and Mix Tapes respectively. The artists also did live custom designing demos at the courtyard. All pairs were sold out in minutes. PUMA also unveiled the upcoming collaboration pack with Hot Wheels – the RS-X Toys Hot Wheels that release on December 1st.

Special guests Kali Uchis, A Boogie Wit a Hoodie, Yo Gotti and Nipsey Hustle all came out to promote and sign the limited-quantity bootleg tees designed by Chinatown Market. Each tee design were inspired by each artist. YesJulz and her 1AM radio crew continued with their live broadcast from the PUMA Galleria and interviewed the artists mentioned above plus a whole lot more. Also seen were Emory Jones, Upscale Vandal, Karrueche and Victor Cruz, among the many celebrities who dropped by.

To celebrate the launch of Cadillac’s newest vehicle, the XT4, Cadillac & Nas dropped a one-of-a-kind Cadillac crest piece and gold chain filled with yellow diamonds, black diamonds, rubies and sapphires. While Nas was signing custom Cadillac/Nas/Complex Merch he surprised a lucky fan by giving the chain to them, creating a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the most coveted drop at the event.

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DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode taping of “On the Sticks,” the new interactive gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19 with A Boogie wit da Hoodie emerging as the champion. The series launches Friday, November 9 on Complex’s YouTube channel.

Virgil Abloh headlined ComplexCon(versations) to a packed house of 700 fans. He was joined on stage by emerging designers (b).stroy, comprised of Brick Owens & Dieter Grams, as well as Ev Bravado and Rhuigi.

Nas, Big Boy, Jeff Staple and Tinashe stopped by the HBO barbershop experience that was promoting the new series “The Shop.” Capitol Records’ James Davis, Njomza, BJ The Chicago Kid and Marc Byers joined artists Nick Grant and A Boogie wit da Hoodie for panel discussions at the booth.

Balvinhit the floor checking out the booths, posing for photos with fans, copping exclusive merch and more.

As part of Adidas Originals main event at ComplexCon, the brand joined forces with creative partner Pusha T to present a journey through three connected environments, reimagining a retro bank vault and penthouse office, to unveil a limited edition EQT Cushion 2 collaboration. Answering the popular demand for more cultural experiences, the mogul sat with 12 aspiring artists from Los Angeles for an opportunity at the adidas Originals Sound Labs Grant for musical development. Only five musicians made the cut after two days of listening sessions and now local LA semi-finalists Sareal, Lorine Chia, Ice Cold Bishop, Indiigo and Rugby Wild will continue the application process for the grant that will result in a winner in the first days of 2019. Also, King Push was joined by adidas Originals partner Pharrell Williams, who released pairs of the elusive adidas Originals N.E.R.D HU NMD and 50 pairs of never-seen-before PW HU P.O.D. System exclusive for the conference. Winners of the Friends and Family HU P.O.D. System pairs got to meet Pharrell as a special treat from the icon and Adidas Originals. And finally, Adidas Originals launched its new Los Angeles-focused social identity @AdidasLA alongside rap legend and creative ambassador Snoop Dogg. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle, the brand partnered with Snoop and LA’s World Famous VIP Records for a special pop-up experience. Snoop himself made a special appearance and signed 25 pairs of adidas Originals P.O.D. System sneakers that had been customized by LA artist Gregory Siffs.

Reebok closed out the weekend with its limited-edition Futsal Fusion R58 drop and the final silhouette of the the R58 Series, the Sole Fury Floatride. Lil Baby stopped by in celebration of the drop, purchasing the first ten pairs for lucky customers in line before customizing shirts for his whole crew.

Karen Civil introduced film narrator Pharrell Williams at Universal Pictures’ special screening of THE GRINCH Saturday night ahead of of its upcoming release.

GUESS JEANS U.S.A. x PLACES+FACES debuted at ComplexCon ahead of its global launch. Unique items such as reflective tees, photo-vests, cargo pant and tracksuits were the first to go. J.Balvin, Teyana Taylor, Made in Tyo (Tyoko), Olan Prenatt, Trill Sammy, Christian BULL1TRC, and Premium Pete all stopped by GUESS Jeans U.S.A. to pick up the goods.

Zen, a new e-commerce experience celebrating sneaker culture with a unique blend of commerce, storytelling, community, and events that launched at ComplexCon, gave away to lucky winners hundreds of pairs of rare kicks including Nike Air Mags seen in ‘Back to the Future,’ Undefeated Jordan IV, Nike Dunk SB Low Diamond Supply Co. “Tiffany,” all Supreme Nike SB Blazers and Dunks, and Adidas Chanel Pharrell Hu NMD.

Becky G bounced around on the giant inflatable art installation from FriendsWithYou Art Collective at the POPSockets booth.

Steve Aoki joined Kim Jung Gi for selfies in the Find Your Grind infinity room.

At McDonald’s Project Connect booth, exclusive designs by influencers Joe FreshGoods, Elise Swopes and Richie Lewere added to jean jackets, jerseys, long sleeve tees and book bags. Also at the booth, Teyana Taylor hosted a first-ever tasting of the new Triple Breakfast Stack for a lucky winner. Hosted by Kenny Burns, Lena Waithe, Don Benjamin and Marcellus Bennett dropped in to enjoy the drops, live DJs, McDonald’s McNuggets, world famous fries and soft drinks.

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