GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING, MULTIPLATINUM ARTIST AND PRODUCER KID CUDI TO HEADLINE 4TH ANNUAL COMPLEXCON LONG BEACH NOVEMBER 2-3
Pharrell Williams and Takashi Murakami Return as Event Hosts; Murakami back as Official Curator
Tickets Officially On Sale
(Long Beach, September 9, 2019) — Hot off the heels of its highly successful Chicago debut this summer, ComplexCon is heading back to its West Coast roots for the 4th annual ComplexCon Long Beach festival, taking place Nov. 2-3, 2019, at the Long Beach Convention Center. Grammy Award-winning artist and producer Kid Cudi will serve as the headliner of this year’s fest performing on Saturday, November 2nd, with more musical performers and celebrity panelists to be announced soon.
The announcement comes as Kid Cudi is also revealed as the September cover of Complex’s digital magazine alongside Nigo, the streetwear icon who founded Bape in 1993 and has since left the brand and gone on to launch and design Human Made. The cover inspiration comes from Cudi and Nigo being “originators,” having influenced their respective genres - music and fashion - and birthing a new generation of the biggest names in pop culture. The cover shoot marked the second time the two men met, the first time being when Cudi worked at Nigo’s Bape store in Soho.
Kid Cudi will undoubtedly light up the ComplexCon stage just like his predecessors, including DJ Khaled, Jaden Smith, MIA, Young Thug, N.E.R.D, Lil Baby, Tinashe, Gucci Mane, A$AP Ferg, and Future, to name a few. Ever since dropping his first mixtape in 2008, Kid Cudi has amassed a cult-like following. As of 2019, he has released six studio albums as a solo artist and has sold a combined 20 million singles. Cudi has worked with numerous music icons, including Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, David Guetta, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, and more.
Music superstar and fashion icon Pharrell Williams returns for the 4th year as host committee chair of ComplexCon Long Beach. He’s joined by internationally prolific contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, who also returns to ComplexCon as a member of the host committee and the mastermind behind the event’s brand identity, overall design, and aesthetic experience.
Earlier this summer, ComplexCon expanded to Chicago for the first-ever ComplexCon Chicago, which saw appearances and performances from T.I., Rick Ross, Allen Iverson, Ella Mai, Juice WRLD, Schoolboy Q, Wale, and Saweetie.
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ComplexCon is a groundbreaking festival and exhibition that brings together pop culture, music, art, food, sports, innovation, activism, and education. Guests in attendance will be able to shop hundreds of exclusive releases from the most sought-after brands, watch inspiring talks from the most influential minds in our culture, and experience the future through the most immersive and ambitious pop culture experience yet.
For more information on what to expect at ComplexCon Long Beach or to view past lineups, please visit: www.complexcon.com.
Complex Networks, formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today. Complex Networks’ digital channels, which include Complex, First We Feast, Pigeons & Planes, Sole Collector and more, is a Top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube. A diversified and profitable media business with premium distribution partners such as Netflix, Hulu, Pluto TV, Roku, and iFlix, Complex Networks’ original content exemplifies convergence culture, exploring topics that span across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food.
Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with premium distributors. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In 2016, the company launched ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, to bring the “Internet to life.” The annual event attracts over 200 culture-shifting brands and over 60,000 digitally savvy attendees to the two-day cultural festival.
About Kid Cudi:
Nearly a decade ago, Kid Cudi dubbed himself “The Man on the Moon” with good reason. Since 2008, the Grammy Award®-winning multi-platinum trailblazer and trendsetter has cast his influence over hip-hop like a lunar glow. Celebrated by everyone from Kanye West to Travi$ Scott, his 2009 full-length debut, Man on the Moon: The End of Day, has earned double-platinum certification from the RIAA. Cudi followed up with the platinum selling 2010 album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager and then the gold certified Indicud. Recognized as a vital force in pop culture and music, 2012 saw him win “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration” for “All of the Lights” at the GRAMMYS®. Indicud captured his highest chart entry on the Billboard Top 200, bowing at #2 and yielding a platinum-selling favorite “Just What I Am”. Selling over 20 million singles worldwide, his influence has expanded exponentially with time.
2016’s PASSION, PAIN & DEMON SLAYIN’ marked a fiery return to form. “Baptized In Fire” [feat. Travi$ Scott] generated a staggering 39 million streams in six months. His sixth studio offering also drew praise from Complex, Billboard, Pitchfork, and The Fader, while XXL placed it among the “50 Best Hip Hop Projects of 2016.” He scorched late night TV with a powerhouse performance of “Kitchen” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon accompanied by a string orchestra.
He reunited with West on the 2018 psychedelic hip-hop-rock opus KIDS SEE GHOSTS. The union of these two innovators sent shockwaves throughout the culture. Not only did the record bow at #2 on the Billboard Top 200, but it garnered widespread acclaim from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, XXL, Vice, The Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly. As the project took off, Cudi also graced the cover of Billboard.
Beyond his prolific musical output, he’s also appeared on the big and small screen. Not only would he lead HBO’s How to Make It in America but he also starred in Need for Speed, Entourage, James White and more.
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