Tyler, the Creator’s seventh annual Camp Flog Gnaw Festival migrated from its former house at LA's Exposition Park to the sprawling outskirts of Dodger Stadium this yr — within the course of, changing acres of concrete car parking zone right into a whimsical sea of neon-lit signage full with meals stalls, whirl-a-gig rides and two behemoth Ferris wheels jutting from both facet of the artifical panorama. The crowd, upward of 56,000 followers — the biggest Tyler has seen but — fluctuated between the principle Camp and Flog phases in addition to the smaller Gnaw Stage, desperate to catch their favourite artists regardless of the uncommonly chilly night time air and residual smoke from California wildfires.
Sunday’s crowd, whereas equally as enthusiastic as Saturday, maybe had greater expectations given the highlights of the night earlier than. A$AP Rocky debuted a observe referred to as “Sundress” throughout a prolonged set throughout which he gleefully went over his allotted time, playfully telling Tyler to fuck off if he had an issue with it. Markedly extra melodic and introspective than “Yamborghini High,” “Plain Jane” and “Praise the Lord” (all of which he carried out), many speculated the tune was impressed by the Harlem rapper’s married ex-girlfriend, mannequin Chanel Iman.
And then there was the notorious “Fuck Drake” signal that appeared throughout Pusha T’s set. The G.O.O.D. Music CEO later took to Twitter to clear the air, claiming the competition’s tech group had orchestrated the stunt, “Corny ass tech dude fucking with my screens at @CampFlogGnaw. I communicate for myself and all of you understand how I make my statements!! Dissing anyone on display screen isn’t a part of my present.” Saturday additionally noticed performances by The Internet, Playboi Carti, Raphael Saadiq, Majid Jordan (Flog Gnaw was their final efficiency of the yr), Mike G and a DJ set from Virgil Abloh. Of course Tyler additionally entertained with a ground-shaking efficiency earlier than ceding the stage to SZA, who completed the night time sturdy after having spent months on doctor-ordered vocal relaxation.
Sunday wasn’t with out its personal pleasure: One of the largest attracts was little question a debut stay efficiency from Kanye West and Kid Cudi as Kids See Ghosts. Last yr, a fresh-from-rehab Cudi made one in all his first appearances on the Flog Gnaw stage, whipping the group right into a nostalgic and celebratory spirit with outdated classics and some newer songs. This yr he appeared alongside West in a dangling field construction amongst flames and an ever-changing graphic backdrop, launching straight into “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” earlier than performing different favorites like “Welcome to Heartbreak,” “Kids See Ghosts” and “Pursuit of Happiness.” While the power was plain — the group enthusiastically sang alongside all through the period of the set — there have been a couple of minor hiccups, specifically from West, who appeared to lose his breath and stumble over a couple of traces because the efficiency progressed. Ultimately, nevertheless, the 2 closed to thunderous applause on “Ghost Town.”
Earlier within the day, Philly-bred neophyte Tierra Whack made her debut on the Camp Stage, bringing her surrealist aesthetic and fiery movement to an appreciative viewers, lots of whom have been seeing her stay for the primary time. On the Flog Stage, Domo Genesis set the viewers right into a frenzy with a shock look from Compton rapper Buddy. And BROCKHAMPTON delivered their signature shot of power with an look from Jaden Smith who carried out “New Orleans” alongside frontman Kevin Abstract. The group additionally labored their manner by “Zipper”, “Queer” and “J’ouvert” earlier than ending on “Boogie”. Meanwhile, Jaden, who had his personal set, set off web rumors after calling Tyler his greatest good friend after which later, claiming to be his boyfriend.
Indeed, a part of the appeal of Flog Gnaw is its curated lineup of artists on the cusp alongside legendary acts like Lauryn Hill, as an example, who arrived on Sunday sporting a signature headdress. Hill ran by classics like “Doo Wop” and “Nothing Even Matters,” prompting lighters to wave within the air because the viewers — lots of whom couldn’t resist making jokes about her well timed set – sang alongside. Polarizing rapper Post Malone drew comparable enthusiasm with a high-energy set that included hits like “Congratulations,” “Rock Star” and “I Fall Apart.”