What makes a place cool? Is it something inherent in the space, or is it dependent on the people who embrace the location, whether it's a hotel, a restaurant, a bar, a club, a sneaker shop, et cetera? Though defining cool remains elusive, spotting it is not. In fact, it's our job.

The one thing that holds true for every cool event of the Complex Decade? All of them happened somewhere. Maybe it was the hotel where Jay and 'Ye recorded portions of Watch the Throne, maybe it was the ball court where Kevin Durant made it rain buckets, maybe it was the sneaker shop you stood in line in front of for hours—these are the 100 Coolest Places of the Complex Decade.

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