The two-day music festival over the weekend, held at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, was the place to be. From a highly-anticipated set list to surprise guests, the event was filled with star power.
The all-day festival included an array of carnival games and rides — from Ferris wheels to a massive spinning chair ride — and concert-goers had a blast while taking a break from the music.
With lesser-known artists hit the stage during the day, fans were able to watch their sets in a more low-key crowd while those waiting for the headliners had a chance to enjoy some classic carnival food, popcorn and funnel cake — and even some miniature golf.
There were even some surprise celebrity sightings. According to fans, Kendall Jenner, who’s good friends with Tyler, the Creator, was in attendance.
Christina Milian was also seen at the event, sporting cornrows and hoop earrings. But it wasn’t just female power at the fest. Tobey Maguire was also seen in the front of the VIP section enjoying A$AP Rocky’s performance.
Chance the Rapper
The crowd went wild on Day 1 when Chance the Rapper came out. The artist opened the show by greeting the crowd with a loud, “Flog Gnaw!!!”
The Chicago-born artist and his band The Social Experiment sang a few songs from his newest album Coloring Book, including “No Problems,” “All we Got,” “Angels,” “Blessings,” and he surprised the crowd by bringing out D.R.A.M. for their collab “D.R.A.M. Sings Special.” But the big moment of the night? D.R.A.M. performed his hit song “Broccoli!”
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Chance the Rapper also took the crowd back to his Acid Rap days with “Favorite Song,” before giving a shoutout to Tyler, the Creator, who’s been putting on the festival since 2012. Said the musician: “I wanna congratulate my brother Tyler, the Creator on an amazing festival.”
After Chance wrapped his set, A$AP Rocky was set to come out next. The crowd was clearly ready and pumped up for the show as they were heard chanting “A$AP, A$AP A$AP!” The rapper came out, clad in a yellow jumpsuit, and immediately went into “Multiply,” “Goldie,” “Angels” and “Wild for the Night.”
After ripping off the jumpsuit to reveal a black T-shirt, he brought out some members of the A$AP Mob, including A$AP Ant, A$AP Nast and A$AP Twelvyy, who sang a bunch of hits off their new mixtape Cozy Tapes, including “Shabba,” “Money Man,” “Yamborghini High,” “Crazy Brazy,” “Telephone Calls,” and “Runner.”
The stage was filled with people from backstage, including Jaden Smith, who danced around with the Mob. The son of Will Smith didn’t say anything to the crowd but seemed to be having a great time on stage. Before heading off the stage, the A$AP Mob star gave a shoutout to “all of the artists on the bill” and yelled out one last “Camp Flog Gnaw!”
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator, who has been putting on the epic carnival for five straight years, popped out to say what’s up to the fans and perform his set. Walking out in a matching cheetah print top and shorts, the rapper talked to his fans about how far his carnival has come over the years, saying, “What’s up? Fifth carnival… that’s crazy. F— Coachella, I’m coming for you.”
The artist sang “IFHY” and “Answer” and pumped up the crowd with “Troncat” and “Yonkers.” Tyler ended his set by bringing out special guest YG, who performed “FDT” (F*** Donald Trump). This wasn’t YG’s only surprise performance; he also came out during DJ Mustard’s set, singing the same song, to make sure his message to Donald Trump was heard.
Kehlani, who was on the Flog stage, performed “The Way,” “CRZY” and more hits.
At the end of her set, the R&B artist reminded the crowd to “find yourself and follow your heart.” Kehlani thanked her fans for getting her to where she is today. Speaking about the recent presidential election, the singer told the crowd that “we need each other now more than ever. Love you guys.”
The night wrapped with the highly anticipated Lil Wayne performance. The Young Money artist sang tons of classic Weezy hits from “Mrs. Officer” to “Lollipop” to “A Milli” to “Go DJ.” Wayne also performed some more recent hits, including “No Problem” and “Pop That.”
Weezy seemed to be changing his ways when he asked the crowd, “Where the ladies at?” He continued, saying, “I didn’t say bitches, I didn’t say hoes … I said where the ladies at?” The rapper then continued, “Now shake that ass to this,” and the crowd went wild for his classic “Lollipop.”
The rapper shocked the crowd by bringing out his “brother” Chris Brown for their hit collab, “Loyal.” The Louisiana-born rapper gave Brown a big hug and thanked him for coming out on stage to perform, saying, “Love you lil bro, C.B.!”
Lil Wayne also brought out Mack Maine for his verse on Lil Wayne’s hit “Every Girl.” Weezy wrapped up his set by throwing shade at his record label Young Money Cash Money Records by telling YMCMB to “suck his d—.” This came as no surprise since Wayne has been in a lawsuit with his longtime record label since December 2014, and has fallen out with former mentor Birdman.
Surprise EarlWolf set: Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt
Rumors were swirling about the TBA Day 2 artist and fans were convinced Frank Ocean would come out. Much to everyone’s surprise, Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator reunited to perform an entire set as EarlWolf. The duo performed “Orange Juice,” “Burgundy” and “Couch.”
At one point during their performance of “Rusty,” Tyler forgot his verse. The rapper didn’t disappoint, however, and ended up free-styling the whole verse — and the crowd was stoked!
Badu blew the crowd away with her insane range, hitting the highest notes flawlessly. The artist started out with a slow version of “Hello” and then went into another classic, “On and On.”
After a couple songs, Badu took off her hat, necklace and coat and got comfortable. The singer chatted a little with the crowd, “How many of y’all are having your first Badu experience?” the singer asked. “Can I catch you up on from the beginning?” All you could hear were cheers when Badu started singing “Me.” Giving the crowd some old-school Badu, the artist asked the audience, “Y’all mind if we go back to 1987?” before continuing with an amazing performance of “Whatchu Gonna Do.”
The singer ended her set with “Alright” and “Can’t Use My Phone,” and the crowd sang along while clapping to the beat.
The R&B artist opened with his band The Free Nationals singing “Milk N’ Honey” and said “What’s up?” to the crowd.
Paak admitted he didn’t know when he would be playing another show and told the crowd to enjoy the night’s set. “Let me see those hands,” Paak said before performing “Drugs.”
The musician continued to impress by playing the drums while singing. Paak finished off with “Suede,” “Put Me Thru” and “Heart Don’t Stand a Chance” before bringing out Mac Miller for their collab “Dang!”
Action Bronson started out by singing a few crowd pleasers, “Baby Blue,” and “Actin Crazy.” The rapper also performed his hit song from Suicide Squad, “Standing In The Rain” and gave a shout out to Will Smith and everyone from the Suicide Squad film.
The rapper, who happens to be a former chef and star of “F—, That’s Delicious,” a VICELAND show that follows his culinary adventures, brought some of his chicken and rice to the carnival. It was definitely a hit of the festival, with massive lines of people waiting to tuck in.
Rae Sremmurd performed “Look Alive” and the crowd went wild.
The duo brought out their Scremmlife Crew to perform “Black Beatles” which was naturally followed by the Mannequin Challenge — and the crowd joined in!
Day 2 wrapped up with an epic performance by Schoolboy Q. The artist first sang “Gangsta Gangsta.” He addressed the crowd and shouted “Camp Flog Gnaw!” and “Two hands in the sky!” before rapping his classic hits “Studio” and “Collard Greens.”
After countless epic performances and a weekend full of carnival fun, all we can say is one thing: See you next year, Camp Flog Gnaw!