ComplexCon 2016 Recap

I had a blast at the first annual ComplexCon over the weekend. As I described in pieces I wrote covering it, CC’s an expo set in Long Beach, California that showcases and aligns music with fashion and pop culture. It was great to see some of my Complex co-workers, watch some great performances and walk through their showroom floor, where the likes of Nike, Adidas, and more majors brands hawked their hottest heat.

ComplexCon Night 1 Highlights: Kid Cudi Returns to Stage from Rehab, Skrillex Goes to Outer Space & More

I covered both nights for Billboard. Here are both of the recaps, with info about Kid Cudi’s big return from rehab, Snoop Dogg’s LBC homecoming (with Pharrell and O.T. Genesis in tow), Travis Scott flying high with an enormous bird and more.

ComplexCon Night 2: Snoop Dogg Lights Up His Hometown, Migos & 2 Chainz Bring Atlanta Hits

DJ Khaled: Me Asking Him What the Hell He Does Musically

On Monday producer, hype man, Snapchat legend and all-around good guy DJ Khaled announced that he’s inked a management deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. It’s a huge feat, considering that Jay—a clear-cut mogul—is known at this point to only align himself with the best. Coincidentally, Khaled music label is called We the Best. Here’s his announcement vid’ below.

What, Exactly, Does DJ Khaled Do?

Khaled’s recent ascent and Monday’s announcement brought a story and interview I did with him for Complex a few years ago to mind. I had the nerve to ask him what the hell he actually does. You see, Khaled isn’t a conventional producer in the sense that he knows how to play instruments, actually produce complex beats, or compose. So when he’d get marquee credit on songs that truly star his buddies (rappers/singers) and had actual producers credited as the creators of whatever the hit is, most of us listeners would wonder aloud: “What did Khaled do?” Aside from yell, of course.

So I got him on the phone. He called me from his tour bus (Khaled hates flying) and I proceeded to humbly ask him what role he plays as a “producer,” hoping that his answers would be enough to make me lift the quotation marks from around the word in regards to Khaled being one. And they were. He had good vibes and was actually a great interview. I’m happy for his latest wins.

Read that story here. And if you don’t, “Congratulations, you played yourself.