DJ Khaled, Andre 3000, A$AP Ferg, Cam’ron & More Join ComplexCon (versations) Event


By Jack Barnes

ComplexCon, the world’s largest gathering of visionary pop culture enthusiasts returning to Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 4-5 announced today the top influencers, tastemakers and celebs of our generation who will join this year’s ComplexCon(versations) panels.

ComplexCon(versations) panels are curated to provide an intimate dialogue about the topics that matter most to today’s Complex generation—from what makes a successful collaboration, to food as the new pop culture, to building an influential and lasting brand. This year’s event features the return of the standing-room-only panel “Sneaker of the Year,” in which renowned sneakerheads Wale, DJ Clark Kent, Russ Bengtson and Sneaker Shopping’s Joe La Puma debate the dopest kicks and crown the year’s top sneaker.


“ComplexCon(versations) goes to the heart and spirit of ComplexCon by bringing together insightful thought leaders to share in conversations that deepen our understanding of one another, our culture and the passions that inspire us,” said Marc Eckō, Founder and Chief Brand & Creative Officer of Complex Networks. “My team has put together an incredible couple of days of memorable, can’t miss discussions, with even more to come.”

The ComplexCon(versations) Zone will be powered by the all new Jeep Compass, with the following ComplexCon(versations) panels hitting ComplexCon 2017*:

Sneaker of the Year — Renowned sneakerheads count down and debate the dopest kicks of 2017, featuring:

  • Russ Bengtson – Complex Editor and host of Complex’s Before My Coffee
  • Joe La Puma – VP of Content Strategy at Complex Networks, host of Sneaker Shopping on Complex and the #1 sneaker show on YouTube, Sneaker Closets
  • DJ Clark Kent – Super producer and turntable superstar who has produced music for Jay‑Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Junior M.A.F.I.A., Rakim, Mariah Carey, Rick Ross and many more
  • Wale – D.C. native and Maybach Music Group-signed rap artist whose albums have debuted #1 on bothBillboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Rap Albums” charts while also entering at #2 on the overall Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart
  • Aleali May – an image consultant, model, and fashion blogger of the self-titled blog who began her career with Louis Vuitton and RSVP Gallery Chicago and today collaborates with Audi USA, Nike, and Adidas

The Disruptors — A panel conversation featuring anecdotes and advice from some of the real “influencers” in the culture who have spun their unique approach into revenue streams featuring artists, executives and designers including:

  • Rich Antoniello – Complex Networks CEO and panel moderator
  • DJ Khaled – Producer and DJ
  • Rick Ross – Rapper and entrepreneur
  • Jerry Lorenzo – Designer and Founder, Fear of God

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Panel — An insider’s look on what it was like to work with creative genius Kanye West on his masterpiece at a pivotal juncture in his career featuring the architects behind the album’s music, art and videos, including:

  • Noah Callahan-Bever – Complex’s Chief Content Officer and host of Blueprint
  • Rick Ross – Rapper and entrepreneur
  • Selita Ebanks – Fashion model

Drop Science — A deep look at the mechanics and struggles behind clothing and sneaker drops as a marketing phenomenon, featuring:

  • Karizza Sanchez – Complex Deputy Style Editor
  • A$AP Ferg – Rapper
  • Racks – New York streetwear fashion influencer and personal shopper for entertainment industry’s top names
  • Deon Point – Creative Director, Concepts
  • Chris Gibbs – Owner, Union Los Angeles
  • Jerry Lorenzo – Designer and Founder, Fear of God

The Art of Collab — The architects and contributors to some of the most notable collaborations discuss the inspiration, process and impetus to co-create with their peers, featuring:

  • Andre 3000 – Part of the duo Outkast, receiving six Grammy Awards in 2004; championed as a musician, producer and cutting-edge collaborator known for his versatility, eloquence, style and ability to transcend trends
  • Jon Wexler – Global Director of Entertainment and Influencer Marketing, Adidas
  • Jeff Staple – Founder, Staple Design
  • Hiroshi Fujiwara – Musician, Producer, Founder and Designer of “Fragment Design”

Hype East — The Godfathers of streetwear, both American and Japanese, sit down to dissect how both cultures have influenced each other throughout the years and how they continue to do so today, featuring:

  • Hiroshi Fujiwara – Musician, Producer, Founder and Designer of “Fragment Design”
  • Don C – Chicago-raised designer and founder of Just Don, influencing basketball style culture with Just Don luxury; his work features key collaborations with Jordan Brand, Nike and more

The Rap Generation Debate: Hip Hop’s New Rules — Rappers debate the new evolution hip hop has taken and define its new pillars, featuring:

  • DJ Akademiks – Host, Complex’s Everyday Struggle
  • Cam’ron – Actor, rapper and entrepreneur
  • A$AP Ferg – Rapper
  • SuperDuperKyle – Rapper

The Rebel Chefs — The new wave of media chefs explore their growing influence and how they break the mold, featuring:

  • Sean Evans – Host of the popular show Hot Ones and Sean in the Wild on First We Feast
  • Andy Milonakis – Musician, comedian, actor and star of The Andy Milonakis Show.
  • Roy Choi – One of the world’s most influential people, a bestselling author and recipient of countless culinary awards; Choi is also the co-owner, co-founder and chef of Kogi BBQ, Chego!, A-Frame, Commissary, POT and LocoL
  • Miss Info – Minya Oh, aka Miss Info, is one of the most respected figures in hip hop culture, a partner in Stadium Goods and host of the new local eats series, Food Grails for Complex’s First We Feast
  • Matty Matheson – TV chef on Dead Set On Life, in its third season on VICELAND

*Additional speakers and panels will be announced soon; all panels and speakers are subject to change.

Ticket Information: VIP Weekend package tickets to ComplexCon are almost sold out!

This year, ComplexCon is offering a limited quantity of VIP Weekend packages that give fans early access to shopping, a special concert viewing area, VIP entry into the festival, select booths, food trucks, exhibits and more. VIP Weekend package tickets to ComplexCon are $400 (plus fees) for the two-day event and are nearly sold out. General Admission tickets to the daytime exhibition and evening concert are $75-$100 per day (plus fees).General Admission and VIP Weekend package tickets are on sale now at

For more information on ComplexCon, please visit and follow @complexcon on Twitter and Instagram.


Created to bring “the Internet to real life,” ComplexCon mixes concert performances, retail pop-up shops, video production studios featuring in-depth panels and conversations, art, food, brand activations, interactive technology and much more into a one-of-a-kind experience unlike any other festival in the world. The festival was formed in 2016 as a partnership between Complex Networks and ReedPOP, the producers of New York’s Comic-Con and Agenda.

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