When someone tells you that superstar rapper, Drake, was booed off stage, it’s understandable to be a bit confused. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened at this year’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles.
It’s hard to wrap your head around how one of the biggest names in music could receive such a terrible reception. But, as it turns out, there’s a little more to the story. And an interesting response from Drake about the situation.
Why was Drake booed off stage?
The main reason concertgoers booed Drake wasn’t because they were unhappy with his performance. Instead, they were expecting Frank Ocean to play the event and just trying to express their disappointment when they realized that wasn’t happening.
Camp Flog Gnaw doesn’t release the names of all their performers before the event, but fans have been asking for years to have Ocean. According to an attendee at the festival, everyone thought this would be the year Ocean finally made an appearance.
“Not once did Tyler [the Creator] or anyone else say it would be him [Ocean],” Adam Gonzales told Complex, “but the internet and Reddit was filled with people thinking they cracked the code and it would be Frank.”
To make matters worse, Drake told the crowd that he’d been asked to play two or three songs, but then he continued playing more. It was never clear that Drake was the final performer.
So, fans thought that if Drake finished early, there would still be time for a surprise performance from Ocean. When it became clear that Ocean wasn’t there, the crowd felt duped.
“I think it would have happened to anyone that came out and wasn’t Frank,” said Gonzales. Of all the concertgoers that were interviewed, everyone agreed that Drake put on a good show. They wanted people to know that it wasn’t the whole crowd who booed. Just a few disappointed fans.
How did Drake respond to getting booed?
After playing nine songs at the event, Drake asked the audience if they wanted more.
“If you want to keep going, I will keep going tonight,” Drake told the crowd, as can be heard in a video recording of the night posted on Twitter.
When he received boos instead of a positive response, Drake ended the show.
“It’s been love. I love y’all,” he told the crowd. “I go by the name of Drake. Thank you for having me,” Drake then left the stage.
It shows immense maturity that Drake was able to leave the show without calling the audience out for their insult. But later, Drake had an even better response with a joke on Instagram. That same night, Drake posted: “Plot twist…just signed a 10 year residency at Camp Flog Gnaw sorry kids see you EVERY SINGLE YEAR till you are 30.”
Media outlets immediately praised the rapper for his clever response. But according to a popular online personality from the rap world, DJ Akademiks, Drake isn’t sweating the event at all. His Twitter post claimed that Drake said it was a “moment of humility, which is always welcomed.”
Will Drake really play Camp Flog Gnaw again?
Drake’s post about signing a 10-year contract with the festival is clearly a joke. Don’t mark your calendars for the next decade or you might be disappointed. Only Drake knows for sure if he’s comfortable ever playing at the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival again.
However, if it’s up to the festival’s organizer, Tyler the Creator, he’s probably welcome back. After the event, Tyler immediately defended Drake with an expletive-filled, Twitter post in all caps: “I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE F**KING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE!” the post began before launching into his complaints about the crowd.
Camp Flog Gnaw doesn’t usually announce all of its performers before the show, but this event might change their policy. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until next year to see how it all turns out.
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