ComplexCon’s gravitation upon the Windy City lived up to its lofty hype, rolling out a star-studded Day 2. Takashi Murakami formalized his presence by kicking off the event with a meet and greet for wide-eyed, excited fans. Festival goers were treated to some home cooking as Chicago native and Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, co-star in Netflix comedy-drama series “Master of None” and creator of Showtime’s “The Chi,” stopped by “The Hundreds” brand activation booth to reveal her new collections. A$AP Ferg, who previously whirled through the event on a hot pink motorized scooter, promoted his new collaboration with Hennessy. Urban design extraordinaire Jerry Lorenzo, who has collaborated with the like of Kanye West for the creation of the Yeezy 750 shoe and Big Sean for an array of fashion pieces, made special appearances at various booths.
Legendary rappers T.I., Killer Mike and David Banner highlighted social impact needs and opportunities by hosting a “Take Over the Block” panel. The dialogue provided a window into the souls of how these community leaders envision ways that local communities can emerge from stubborn hardships to ascend and win the future.
Deep bass tones reverberated from the loud speakers and shook the venue as Day 2 was capped with an array of energetic musical performances. Rap megastar Rick Ross keynoted a list of performers that also included the likes of Schoolboy Q, Smoko Ono, Siobabahn Bell, Rae Chardonnay and DJ Cut-Cuz.
ComplexCon Chicago unquestionably gave creatives and hypebeasts all they could dream of and more during its inaugural descension upon Chicago. Those seeking more will have another opportunity to attend the event this year, as ComplexCon Long Beach drops in the Golden State on November 2nd and 3rd. After such a successful showing in Chicago this year, we certainly hope and would expect that the event becomes a mainstay in Chi Town!