The fifth annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival took place over the weekend in Los Angeles, and Tyler, the Creator completely outdid himself for the biggest year yet. The primarily hip-hop based festival spanned over two days this year instead of one, and the lineup, carnival-esque theme and surprises throughout the whole weekend were over-the-top, just like Tyler himself.
While the lineup was already extremely impressive—SchoolBoy Q, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, Pretty Lights and more were some of the most anticipated acts—the collaborations were what made this festival so unique. The Flog Gnaw festival felt more of a gathering for a bunch of friends who happen to play music together, and they showed it perfectly by planning a handful of special appearances on each others stages.
Take a look below at some of the best collaborations and guest appearances throughout the weekend, and take a look at our photos from throughout the weekend above, taken by Mark Schiff.
-Tyler, the Creator & Earl Sweatshirt, EarlWolf: There was a TBA slot open for Sunday night of Flog Gnaw, and everyone knew it was going to be something big. When EarlWolf’s logo took as the backdrop of the stage, the crowd went wild and Tyler and Earl reunited on stage to play a full set—for the first time in almost two years.
-Lil Wayne & Chris Brown: Lil Wayne has worked with almost everyone in the hip-hop scene so it was no doubt that someone was going to be joining him during his closing slot on Saturday night. It was no other than Chris Brown, which was a surprise because many speculated that it might be Chance The Rapper since he played earlier in the night.
-Tyler, the Creator & The Internet: Since it was Tyler’s festival, there’s no doubt that he was going to be making special appearances during many of the weekends sets. He came out and supported The Internet Saturday evening before his own set later that night.
-Taco, Dillon Francis & Vince Staples: While it was announced last week via Dillon Francis’ SnapChat that he would be joining Taco on The Flog Stage on day two of the festival, the real treat came about when Vince Staples, made a surprise appearance during the DJ set. Staples plays the perfect role of rapping over electronic tracks, so this collaboration was especially fitting.
-Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals & Mac Miller: Anderson .Paak’s set was one of the highlights of the weekend. The singer/songwriter has had an incredible year and it only seems like he’s going up from here. Fans got down especially hard to Paak’s set, especially when he brought out fellow collaborator, Mac Miller, who also has become popular again this past year.
-Isaiah Rashad & TOKiMONSTA: TOKiMONSTA’s DJ skills are on point, but what made her standout even more in one of the beginning slots on the Camp Stage Saturday was her special guest. She teased on her Facebook page that she would be having a surprise guest, and when Isaiah Rashad, who is playing as part of Red Bull Sound Select's 30 Days in LA tonight, came out to rap during her set.
-D.R.A.M. & Chance The Rapper & SZA: Chance The Rapper’s set was definitely one of everyone’s favorites over the weekend. Out of the 25,000 people attending the festival, there were probably about 24,999 at his set on Saturday night. He played an array of old and new music, which everyone got down to. During his set he brought out D.R.A.M, who also made an appearance with SZA during her set.
-A$AP Rocky with SchoolBoy Q & Tyler, the Creator: A$AP Rocky had his own slot on Saturday night, but of course he had to make an appearance during some other stages as well. Rocky has collaborations with everyone in the game, and came out during Tyler's set during the first night, and showed his face quickly toward the end of SchoolBoy Q's set on Sunday night—making the last act of the weekend an unforgettable one.