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What does Drake being booed at Camp Flog Gnaw mean?

Camp Flog Gnaw, Tyler, the Creator’s annual music festival, occurred on Nov. 9 and 10, boasting a wide array of performers like 21 Savage, DaBaby, Brockhampton, H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar. Tyler, the Creator also teased a mystery performer to close out the show on Sunday, Nov. 10. Drake was later revealed to be the mystery performer.

Normally, a surprise Drake concert would send music lovers in a frenzy, but the audience’s excitement did not last long.

Leading up to the promotion of Camp Flog Gnaw and throughout the weekend, festival-goers speculated that Frank Ocean would be the mysterious final performer. After all, Frank Ocean and Tyler, the Creator have worked together and have a friendship outside of music.

The constant speculation led many audience members to expect Ocean to come out and perform, even though there was no confirmation to give them reason to believe the “Channel Orange” singer would show.

Instead, Drake showed up and performed some of his old hits, per Tyler, the Creator’s request. Once the audience realized that Drake was the final performer of Flog Gnaw, not Frank Ocean, the crowd became irritable.

After what would be his final song of the night, Drake told the audience, “I’m here for you. If you want me to keep going, I’ll keep going.” Instead of cheering on one of the best performers in the industry, the audience booed and jeered. Drake left shortly after, and Camp Flog Gnaw was done.

As a huge Drake fan, this whole situation irritates me. Booing Drake off stage is ridiculous, especially since it was not Drake’s fault that audience members convinced themselves
of an upcoming Frank Ocean performance, despite no evidence pointing toward one. I feel no sympathy for the Flog Gnaw attendees.

Despite being booed off stage, Drake comes away from this whole fiasco unfazed. He’s comfortable enough with his status in the music industry that a few boos and jeers at a music festival will do nothing to put him in his feelings.

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