Three songs into SZA’s night time at Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival on Saturday, Nov. 10, she paused to make a cute confession to the adoring crowd that packed the grounds for her headlining set on the Camp stage.
“I genuinely had a fear of walking out and nobody being here after Tyler left,” she stated with a smile and a giggle.
The gang cheered and shouted declarations of love for the 26-year-old with only one studio album, 2017’s “CTRL,” however already a star because of her beautiful voice, relatable lyrics and a candy, down-to-earth character. She feels extra like a girlfriend than an unapproachable diva, her refusal to let photographers shoot her on Saturday however.
Tyler, the Creator, whose creations embrace Camp Flog Gnaw itself, was in reality terrific in the hour earlier than SZA arrived — extra on that in a second — and for a lot of artists would have been a tough act to comply with.
However she needn’t have frightened. After opening with “Supermodel” and “Broken Clocks,” she continued via one alt-R&B jam after one other. “Go Gina,” “Drew Barrymore,” “Normal Girl,” and “Doves In The Wind” have been amongst the highlights to which the crowd sang loudly alongside earlier than heading residence from the pageant,
Right here, in reverse chronology, is a bit of how the relaxation of the day unfolded.
9 p.m. Pusha-T earned the silver medal on Saturday in the hip-hop class. His set had the sort of old-school stream lacking from others. Acting on the Flog stage, he carried out all of his 2018 launch “Daytona,” did his rap bits from a handful of his collaborations with Kanye West (“So Appalled,” “Runaway,” and “New God Flow”), and reached again to his pre-solo profession for “Grindin’,” a track from his days in the duo the Clipse.
Oh, and he managed to proceed his rap beef with Drake whereas additionally claiming he didn’t have something to do with it. A message on display behind him declared “(Bleep) Drake” throughout one quantity, although after the present Pusha took to Twitter to say it was a tech man’s fault. Personal it, T.
eight p.m. Tyler, the Creator had the largest crowd of the day by my estimate and delivered the greatest hip-hop set of the day on the greatest stage set of the day: An precise tree home from which he periodically carried out, a quartet of giant pretend timber, and a number of video screens to create a special setting, most of them out in nature, befitting the “camp” theme.
His present combined older, grittier rap numbers with the newer soulful stuff he’s recorded. The latter materials, together with seven tracks off “Flower Boy,” felt far more joyful and uplifting, and included numbers akin to “Where This Flower Blooms,” “See You Again,” and “Glitter.” He’s a powerful expertise, and a uncommon one who sees the largest of massive footage: music, this pageant, and the merch which drew ridiculously lengthy strains, all underneath his artistic management.
7 p.m. A$AP Rocky additionally performed the Camp stage to an enormous crowd, although I used to be at the second the stage for a lot of it. Let’s give him the bronze for the energetic efficiency and the 25-foot-tall crash check dummy head that anchored his stage. Highlights included “LSD” — his T-shirt carried the slogon “Listen See Destroy,” however c’mon — and “Yamborghini High.”
6 p.m. If SZA hadn’t have slayed on the principal stage later Kali Uchis would have been the greatest of the feminine performers on Saturday. The Colombian-American singer is lots of enjoyable to observe — her silver glittery mini-skirt, bikini prime and cropped jacket made her a human disco ball as she danced all through her set — and songs similar to the opener, “Dead To Me,” and a very terrific cowl of Donna Summer time’s “I Feel Love” have been equally pretty to listen to.
For “Just A Stranger” she was joined by Steve Lacy, who had simply completed performing with the Web over on the important stage, one other tight set from the L.A. soul and hip-hop group that spun out of the orbit of Tyler, the Creator a couple of years again.
5 p.m. Along with the Web’s set, this hour noticed Playboi Carti on the Flog stage, and it was principally meh, that newer type of rap that feels extra like shouts and hollers over the monitor than something that flows. An also-ran on Saturday.
four p.m. Rex Orange County, who regardless of his identify is a pale 20-year-old from England, goes to get much more well-known judging by the response to his set of R&B with hints of hip-hop. Switching between keyboards and guitar he had the crowding singing alongside on songs similar to “Apricot Princess,” “Best Friend,” and “Loving Is Easy,” his laid-back angle good for the remaining hour of sunshine on Saturday.
three p.m. The Swedish digital rock of Little Dragon and the neo-soul and funk of Raphael Saadiq occupied the Flog and Camp levels respectively, and each have been terrific. However it was arduous to not be a bit of bit distracted by the otherworldly or apocalyptic really feel of a mid-afternoon blanketed in a lot smoke that it felt like an orange-tinted cloud had lowered over downtown L.A. and Dodger Stadium.
2 p.m. I discussed the merch that Tyler, the Creator was largely chargeable for designing, and in case you didn’t attempt to win a small piece of that at one of the many carnival video games scattered throughout the grounds you may need queued up for what’s definitely the longest strains for any pageant merch tent I’ve ever seen.
Erika Okeson, 24, of Seal Seashore, obtained in the line at 12:30 p.m. and exited it together with her two pals at three p.m. having purchased a pageant shirt for $35 and a thriller bag containing a hoodie, hat and pair of socks for $40.
“He’s got really good designs and it’s really high quality, too,” she stated. “I think it’s the brand and the hype of it all.”
Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
When: Saturday, Nov. 10. Continues Sunday, Nov. 11
The place: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles