Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival Rides Anti-Trump Wave

Mannie Holmes
Variety

The 2016 Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival — the festival that was founded and curated by Tyler, the Creator — has cemented itself as a one of the premiere events of the festival scene for fans and artists alike. The Carnival took over Exposition Park in Los Angeles this past weekend for its fifth annual celebration.

While the fest expanded this year to two days for its very first time, its packed lineup of musical acts – mostly of the hip-hop genre – included Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, Toto Y MoiChance the Rapper and many more. Members of Tyler’s former group, Odd Future, and a slew of surprise performers also took the stage during the all-day carnival that drew music lovers from all around the globe.

“He came in from Sweden for this,” one fan voiced Saturday. Another woman shared with Variety that she would be on a flight back to Kansas City at eight o’clock in the morning while she waited for ScHoolboy Q to do the final performance of the weekend only a few hours earlier on Sunday around 11:20 p.m.

A crowd of millennials began lining up outside the park Saturday morning before the doors to the carnival opened at noon. Guests were immediately greeted by a multitude of fairground activities like games, merry-go-rounds, food stands and a store that sold Odd Future paraphernalia.

But the weekend wasn’t all fun and games. Serious topics still managed to permeate the fest as multiple acts referenced the presidential election. DJ Mustard affirmed during his set, “You know I’m anti-Trump,” before playing Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 hit that simply repeated, “We gon’ be alright.”

Erykah Badu ended her set with a speech to the crowd – many of whom who were able to vote for the first time last Tuesday. “A lot of people are marching and protesting and angry; it’s because people are woke,” she shared before closing. “I love you.”

Tyler also touched on the topic during his act. “Not to be political,” he told the crowd before a surprise appearance from YG brought the crowd to its feet for a performance of his latest anthem, “FDT (F-ck Donald Trump).”

For Tyler, the weekend appeared more like a collaboration of his personal favorites more than anything. “I don’t know if y’all saw me, but I was dancing a lot today,” Tyler admitted. Often seen singing along on the side of the stage, Tyler made it a habit to thank his friends performing and the thousands of spectators in attendance for making his “dream come true.” If this year’s expansion was any indication to Camp Flog Gnaw’s future, the outpouring of support from fans confirm that the festival has room for Tyler’s vision to grow even bigger.

 

 

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