Tyler the Creator’s carnival brought the noise

Camp Flog Gnaw’s fifth annual carnival manifests and expands the rapper’s ideas.


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Cassidy Campos, Writer

Coachella should keep an eye out for Camp Flog Gnaw’s upsurge. Tyler, The Creator promised to make Camp Flog Gnaw bigger than Coachella by the time he turns 30. At the pace Camp Flog Gnaw has grown so far, his dream may come true. In 2011, Tyler announced his first carnival, which barely made any sales. Now his fifth carnival has sold out with over 40,000 fans attending.

an event beyond reality

Due to the fact the carnival sold out last year, he extended this year’s carnival to a two-day event. After Complex decided to copy Tyler’s idea a week before his carnival, Tyler promised to make his event beyond reality. It is safe to say Tyler, the Creator lives up to his name. The creativity behind Camp Flog Gnaw was astounding, from the rides and games to the performances and special appearances.

Tyler’s carnival is filled with unique fashion and imagination. Tyler the Creator’s insane ideas have been taken to a greater platform because the media shed light on him after putting on iconic events such as Camp Flog Gnaw and his Golf fashion show. The difference from last year’s carnival was the enormous growth in both fans and lineup. If last year’s lineup struck audiences with headliners like Snoop Dogg and Atmosphere, this year’s lineup was breathtaking. The lineup seemed as if every one of the artists could have been closers.

Some big crowd pleasers included ASAP Ferg, Kehlani, Chance the Rapper and Lil Uzi Vert. Though many performances occurred throughout the day, ASAP Ferg got everyone’s blood pumping. One mosh pit was not enough for the crowd, as they started four to five mosh pits. The excitement continued as Chance the Rapper performed and brought out special guest D.R.A.M. As day one closed, ASAP Mob gathered and performed in honor of their close friend ASAP Yams who passed away a year prior due to a drug overdose. Before the night ended, the legendary Lil Wayne performed classic songs and even brought out Chris Brown.

hyped and groovy music

Tyler’s expansion of Camp Flog Gnaw has never been better. Day two picked up right where day one ended with hyped and groovy music. The second day consisted of underrated artists such as Kali Uchis and Flatbush Zombies.  Kali Uchis brought a different feel to the crowd with her bilingual songs, singing a cover of “Suavemente.” Action Bronson brought fans to their feet as he tossed free hats and shoes to the crowd. Sremmlife Crew built up the intensity of the vibes as they opened with “Start A Party.”

The carnival gained momentum with the iconic Erykah Badu raising her soulful voice, but the real story broke out as all fans made their way to the main stage for the “to be announced” performance. Chills went up everyone’s spines as a cryptic video played, revealing Earl Sweatshirt as the secret performer. The crowd went wild as Tyler, the Creator freestyled with Earl Sweatshirt. The fifth annual Camp Flog Gnaw came to an end with Schoolboy Q and Death Grips performances, bringing a noisy, experimental touch to a diverse celebration of hip-hop.

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