Once again, Tyler, The Creator outdid himself for his annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival. Not only was he able to show the world the premiere of Kids See Ghosts, Kid Cudi and Kanye West’s most recent project, but he booked almost every major artist in the hip-hop world, including Post Malone, A$AP Rocky and even Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Spanning over two days at its new location—Dodger Stadium—which proved to be a great layout for a festival, three stages, carnival rides and extensive merch lines scattered throughout the grounds, proving that Camp Flog Gnaw has become one of the best festivals of the year.
Take a look below at some of the best moments from the weekend below, and check out photos from the festival above, courtesy of Camp Flog Gnaw.
Kids See Ghosts’ world premiere
Back in June, one of the five projects that Kanye West produced was his Kids See Ghosts album, a collaboration between him and Kid Cudi. When the duo was announced to headline Camp Flog Gnaw, festival-goers knew that they would be witnessing something that would be a historical hip-hop moment. Coming out in a glass box that overlooked the crowd, West and Cudi played their newest album in full, sprinkling in some others—”Pursuit of Happiness” and “Paranoid.” Even though the set was short, it was something that will be remembered for years to come. Now, fans are just hoping for a full Kids See Ghosts tour.
It’s a family affair
Each year, Tyler makes sure his friends are taken care of. His Odd Future crew each have their own set, each earning a better time slot each year, and it proves that Tyler is all about giving those who have stood by his side over the years a chance to shine. On Sunday, his friend Taco played an impressive DJ set on the main stage during sunset, and his longtime collaborator Earl Sweatshirt earned a spot on the lineup proving that he still has it even without releasing new music in a while. Tyler proves that even in the hip-hop world, those close should be rewarded, and it was completely evident throughout the whole weekend.
In addition to being a mogul in the rap world, Tyler has made himself known as an amazing fashion designer with his GOLF line. In addition to the normal merch booths (which had lines that were never-ending throughout the weekend), Tyler had a full on GOLF store set-up for fans to shop his line, and there was also a Kids See Ghost merch booth, which had brand new graphics for the duo printed on Yeezy blanks. By the end of the weekend, if you were not wearing something that was purchased at the festival, you were doing it wrong.
The eclectic mix of music
In addition to having the biggest hip-hop stars headline and close out the festival both nights, Tyler always makes sure to sprinkle in other genres of music to shake things up a bit. On Saturday night, Rex Orange County played an impressive sunset set, and Swedish electronic group Little Dragon, who released an EP the day before, played on Saturday, making sure those who needed a break from hip-hop were able to experience something else.
Once again, Tyler proved that his eccentric style can make for something amazing. Mixing carnival games, fashion, music and food is the formula for a good festival. We can’t wait to see what the coming years of the festival will bring.