November 9, 2021

Read the full recap on IrvineWeekly.com!

If you were in the Southern California area this past weekend (November 6 and 7), the only place to be was ComplexCon. The perfect middle ground between all things music, fashion, food and pop culture, this highly-anticipated, two-day event provided the ultimate interactive experience for anyone who had the pleasure of attending.

Powered by one of the world’s leading media platforms, Complex, ComplexCon has something for everyone, almost like an adult playground for the ultimate shopping experience. The intentionally-curated festival draws together brands from all over the world and gives them the opportunity to be seen by the masses, with detailed schedules on the app to guide them along the way. Musical performances and DJ sets were included, along with an epic lagoon full of food trucks and endless giveaways.

Irvine Weekly was present to cover the festivities at the Long Beach Convention Center, which involved strict Covid-19 protocol and passing the Health Check before proceeding inside.

Of course, masks were worn inside.

If you were a returning ComplexCon attendee, suddenly you’re reminded of how truly dope these festivals are, reminiscing on the epic memories tried to past ComplexCons. No matter which way you turn, there’s good energy and vibrations… everyone was there to have a good time and enjoy one another’s company.

Day one was discovery, getting acclimated with all there was to do. One booth that stood out is Kids of Immigrants, a clothing line to inspire you no matter what your background, we are all equal and the same. Their goal is to create, empower and love through all mediums.

Co-founder Daniel Buezo states, “To be here at ComplexcCon in 2021, I can only come here with my people. I can’t come here alone, so it’s bigger than us. If Kids of Immigrants comes to ComplexCon, the whole hood comes to ComplexCon. We didn’t know what to expect. We knew it was going to be poppin’, but it’s been nonstop since the jump. More than anything, it just feels good. Everyone’s welcome here, you could feel the love in the air.”

Day two concluded ComplexCon 2021, with a highly-anticipated set by A$AP Rocky. The Harlem, New York rapper recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his critically-acclaimed debut album, LIVE. LOVE. A$AP, which just recently hit all streaming platforms. His 7 p.m. set led all attendees to the arena next door, as he brought his iconic project to life. These were songs he hadn’t performed since 2011!

Day one A$AP Rocky fans were ecstatic, as he also sprinkled in some of his newer catalog such as “Praise The Lord (Da Shine)” featuring Skepta. Rocky also took the time to remember the loved ones he lost, including A$AP Yams. He also brought out A$AP Ferg to the stage, who reminded folks that their first tour ever was with Drake, selling out amphitheaters.

With everyone on a high from the weekend, the East Coast rapper left us with a life update: “I ain’t just been designing clothes all day, I’ve been working on an album.” The crowd went nuts and filled with applause.

There were also rumors of Rocky bringing out Rihanna… maybe next time.

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