Tyler, The Creator has done something that no mortal hip-hop artist could do: He created the perfect alternative hip-hop festival that is an epic addition to the summer festival circuit.
With one of the more interesting names any festival could have, the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival will be a weekend affair that will transform Los Angeles’ Exposition Park into the epicenter for hip-hop, with some of the biggest names in the genre booked to showcase their latest work to the mass of fans that will make their way to this event. But while the big names are certainly an attention-grabber, there will be some artists on the roster that may not get the full glow of attention that they should command.
So, in honor of the newly released lineup of the fifth edition of the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, we have dedicated today’s AXS Top Five to give you the top five underrated artists that you should check out at one of the year’s most unique festivals.
5. Death Grips
Hailing from Sacramento, Death Grips is a perfect addition to the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. Their experimental hip-hop has captured the hearts and minds of all those who have listened to the group, and when Death Grips make their way to the stage (watch AXS.com for the full festival schedule), make sure that you check them out.
AXS “Must Have” Pick: “Guillotine (It Goes Yah)”
4. Domo Genesis
As part of Tyler, The Creator’s Odd Future Records, Domo Genesis is an alternative hip-hop artist that should command your attention when he takes the stage. Coming on to the scene in 2009, the Domo Genesis is an alternative and creative MC who is on the verge of big things.
AXS “Must Have” Pick: “Dapper”
3. Alina Baraz
L.A. has had a lot of talented musicians come out of this sprawling mass of urbanity and make it big over the years, and the 21-year-old Alina Baraz may very well continue the trend. Baraz’s music is one of elastic proportions; her sound isn’t bound to one genre, instead using a number of sounds to create an identity that is very much her own and one that fans at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival should seek out.
AXS “Must Have” Pick: “Show Me”
2. The Internet
Only at the Camp Flog Gnaw Festival will you hear an actual hip-hop band. That band is The Internet, which formed in 2011 and was part of the Odd Future Record’s stable until they branched off on their own. The Internet is a unique group that has carved out a unique sound all their own and is one that should get your attention at this year’s festivities.
AXS “Must Have” Pick: “Girl”
1. Toro Y Moi
When it comes to South Carolina hip-hop, Toro Y Moi is not usually the first person that comes to mind. But he should because his fusion of hip-hop with French house, ‘80s R&B, and other genres is beginning to captivate a music world that is becoming hungrier for more creative and innovative sounds. So make sure that you don’t miss Toro Y Moi’s incredible buffet of music at a carnival that is built just right to showcase his innovative music.
AXS “Must Have” Pick: “So Many Details”