Drake Gets Booed Off Stage at Camp Flog Gnaw

Johnny Mendoza, Senior

On August 12, 2019, the artists performing at Tyler the Creator’s 8th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival were announced. The two headline artists for this year were Tyler, the Creator and a surprise guest. 

Fans had months to speculate who this surprise performer may be. A few who were brought up included Lil Uzi Vert and A$AP Rocky, both of whom had performed at the festival in previous years and were not on the line up for 2019. However, the most wanted performer was the elusive Frank Ocean. Though it still seemed unlikely that this would happen, everyone continued to keep their hope that Frank would come through in the end. 

That night, the unrevealed artist was set to start their performance at 9:55 pm. When the time came, A$AP Rocky was brought out on stage. Shortly after, Tyler brought out Lil Uzi Vert. When he finished his set, Tyler brought out Drake as his last special guest. 

At first, it seemed as though the crowd was excited about him performing, but after a few songs, the audience began to show a negative reaction, still clinging onto the hope they had that Frank would come from backstage and sing until they cried. 

Drake noticed and asked the crowd if he could continue to sing for them. They, or at least the majority, said no and began to boo him off stage. After a couple of songs, Drake thanked the audience and left the stage.

The performance concluded after that. No one came out on stage, the carnival was over. 

Tyler later put on his Twitter bio that he is “embarrassed by fans right now,” obviously referring to Drake getting booed off stage at his carnival. He also went on a rant (on Twitter) about how he felt towards the situation. 

He states that he thought it would have been cool to have one of the most successful artists alive play at the music festival, but on the other hand understands that the crowd the festival draws does not really associate with Drake’s music in the first place. 

Drake also responded to the incident on social media by announcing that he had “just signed a 10 year residency at Camp Flog Gnaw.” 

Booing Drake of all people off stage gave Tyler fans a bad reputation. Even though many were disappointed by the absence of Frank, I still believe he deserved to be treated with more respect.