nov 4-5, 2017 long beach, ca
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Complex Con(versations)

World-class minds and provocative topics make for an unmissable series

Sneaker of the Year

Last year's hottest debate returns in round two of Complex Conversations' Sneaker of the Year. Our host, Joe La Puma, sits down with fellow esteemed sneakerheads to breakdown this year's best drops. From the YEEZY’s to the underdogs, this conversation will countdown 2017’s most noteworthy releases, to ultimately crown Complex’s most prestigious title - Sneaker of the Year.

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.

More speakers to be announced!

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Panel

In 2010, Kanye West dropped, what one would consider, one of the most preeminent albums of his career and the 2010s. In this panel, Noah Callahan-Bever, host, sits with key figures of the collaborative masterpiece.

More speakers to be announced!

Drop Science

Drops, whether sneakers or streetwear, make the hypebeast world go round and round. The limited supply, paired with the high demand, generates overnight lines in order to cop these grails. Our hosts, Chris Gibbs and Karizza Sanchez, are joined by the architects and tastemakers behind the biggest drops. They’ll dissect and analyze what truly makes something “drop-worthy.”

More speakers to be announced!

The Art of Collab

What defines the success of a collaborative drop? Is it the hype behind the brands or is it genius of the product? Complex Conversations has brought in Jeff Staple, one of the pioneers of this art form, to answer just that. He sits down with our panel of fusion masterminds to discuss their methodology used to execute the ultimate collaboration.

More speakers to be announced!

Hype East

In the 80’s, streetwear emerged from the American surf and skate subcultures; however, it wasn’t until the Japanese reinvention in the 90’s that brought it to the next level. Complex Conversations has brought together some of the most important figures in Japanese and American streetwear. They’ll reflect on the symbiotic relationship of the two cultures, and the infinite cycle of influence that has been established. 

More speakers to be announced!

The Rap Generation Debate: Hip Hop's New Rules

Rap has always been in a constant state of evolution dictated by the incoming generation. With every generation, a new set of normals and outliers are established. Our host, DJ Akademiks, has brought together a multigenerational panel from hip hop to discuss rap's new rules and how they differ to those from the past. 

More speakers to be announced!

The Rebel Chefs

Celebrity chefs from the last few decades have fallen into a predictable mold. Suddenly, a new generation of outsiders have come into the spotlight and changed the way audiences watch cooking shows. Complex is bringing together these mavericks to discuss their origins and views on the modern culinary world. 

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