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Published on October 22nd, 2019 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Yara Shahidi, Storm Reid, Lil’ Kim, Trina, Wale, Paul Pierce, Lil Yachty, Elaine Welteroth, Angie Martinez, Don C, and More Join the 4Th Annual Complexcon Long Beach Lineup

Complex Networks today announced hot new additions to the talent lineup at its fourth annual ComplexCon taking place November 2 and 3 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Major cultural influencers such as Yara Shahidi, Isra Hirsi, Storm Reid, Lil’ Kim, Trina, Eve, Lil Yachty, Elaine Welteroth, Paul Pierce, Wale, Davido, and more will participate in “ComplexConversations,” Complex’s original panel series. This dynamic and diverse new group will join previously announced talent Kid Cudi, DaBaby, Anderson .Paak, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, YBN Crew, Rico Nasty and EarthGang, for what can only be expected to be another epic ComplexCon weekend. Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami return as Event Hosts; Murakami back as Official Curator.

The newly announced thought leaders represent various generations and industries and will come together for insightful conversations on topics relevant to today’s culture.

ComplexConversations currently scheduled to take place during ComplexCon Long Beach include:

  • Disruption: How Gen Z Is Taking Control with Yara Shahidi, Storm Reid, Isra Hirsi Moderated by The New York Times best-selling author, Elaine Welteroth

Generation Z has been called the most progressive and least partisan generation. They’re also the most stressed out. Gen Z is comprised of bold and original thinkers dedicated to civic engagement. And guess what? They vote. As the country gears up for the 2020 elections, we host a collection of our culture’s definitive Gen Zers in conversation with young policymakers and activists about translating their disillusionment into action by becoming activists or public servants.


  • All Hail the Queens: The Women Changing the Face of Rap with Rico Nasty, Kamaiyah, Eve, Trina. Moderated by radio personality, Angie Martinez

2019 has been a record year for female rappers. On any given day there’s been at least three on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite the progress, women in rap still face significant challenges and hurdles. This ComplexCon panel, featuring a few of the best women in rap right now, will dive deep into the world these talented songstresses are working hard to conquer.


  • Sneaker of the Year with Lil Yachty, Sean Wotherspoon, Clark Kent, Aleali May. Moderated by Complex’s Sneaker Shopping Host, Joe La Puma.

The return of the quintessential ComplexCon panel features Joe La Puma and guests  debating the top ten sneakers of the year.


  • The Naked Truth: How Lil’ Kim Changed Hip-Hop Fashion with Lil’ Kim and Misa Hylton. Moderated by Complex Deputy Style Editor, Aria Hughes

Do you remember the 1999 VMAs? If not, you definitely remember the lilac one-shouldered catsuit worn by Lil’ Kim. It was one of the most memorable hip-hop style moments. It was also another one of the moments that solidified Lil Kim’s place as a veritable hip-hop trendsetter. In a conversation with Complex’s style editor, Aria Hughes, Queen Bee will sit down with her iconic, superstar stylist, Misa Hylton to discuss futuristic fashion, empowering women, and how they influenced a generation of women to be as bad as they can be.


  • What Comes After Streetwear? With Ev Bravado, Matthew Henson, Don C.

Streetwear has become mainstream. Nearly every brand that makes t-shirts and hoodies is now boxed into that category. But a new generation of designers are challenging that norm and helping redefine the next phase of men’s fashion that isn’t rooted in hype. On this panel, we bring together designers and fashion experts to explore why the term streetwear has now become taboo, the challenges some brands faced trying to capture the luxury market, and what’s next.


  • From YouTube to Major Moves with Timothy DeLaGhetto, DDG, Casey Neistat

Moderated by ‘First We Feast’ Hot Ones, host Sean Evans

YouTube has long been a talent incubator, and its most prominent names have leveraged the platform into larger opportunities. On this panel, a handful discuss how they did it—and what’s next.


  • The Rise of Afropop with Davido, Afro B, Jillionare, P2J, Wale

Moderated by Complex Personality, Pierce Simpson

Over the past decade, AfroPop has exploded onto the global stage with everyone from

Beyonce to Drake partnering with Africa’s premiere artists. This is just the beginning. We gathered a few of the genre’s biggest names to explain how it grew to where it is now and where it’s going next.


  • How the NBA Turned Into a 365-Day Empire with Paul Pierce, Matt Barnes. Richard Jefferson, and Gilbert Arenas. Moderated by Sports Journalist and TV Host, Rachel Nicholas

The NBA goes far beyond the regular season and playoffs. Thanks to social media and the abundance of superstar players and personalities, the league is thriving like no other. Free agency, trades, and all the drama in between has made the NBA the most entertaining show in sports. This panel will take a look at how the NBA has adapted to the social media era, share what players really think about NBA Twitter, how accurate all of the trade and free agent rumors really are, and give a unique perspective from the other side.


  • How to Make a Modern Day Rap Hit with Zaytoven, Murda Beatz, Hitmaka, Tainy and Lil CC. Moderated by Complex personality, Speedy Morman

The sonic architects behind mega hits by the likes of Travis Scott, Future, and Jay-Z come together for a candid conversation about their craft. What does it take to craft a rap song that tops the charts? How do they make the perfect drums? Where do they draw their inspiration from? If you’re an aspiring producer looking to glean some game on how to make it and stay true, this will be a master class.

Puma also returns as the Official Footwear Partner of ComplexCon Long Beach. Zen continues its partnership as the Official Gift Shop Sponsor. In addition, American Express will be making its ComplexCon debut as the Official Payment Partner offering exclusive access and benefits to its Card Members,along with Canon and Mountain Dew as Presenting Sponsors. Prepare to go dark at ComplexCon because Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® is back!

Tickets to the fourth annual ComplexCon are available at ComplexCon.com. VIP tickets are sold out; however, early entry tickets are $225 per day and are new for ComplexCon Long Beach. General Admission tickets are $80 per day or a two-day package can be purchased for $135 (plus fees).

For more information on what to expect at the fourth annual ComplexCon including the full lineup of music performances, participating brands and the First We Feast Food Lagoon check out www.complexcon.com.

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