Attendees were hoping that the event’s surprise guest would instead be singer Frank Ocean. Instead, they were treated to a performance from the Toronto rapper— a performance they seemingly did not want.
Tyler tweeted on Monday afternoon, “I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE F-CKING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE! BUT FLIPSIDE, A LIL TONE DEAF KNOWING THE SPECIFIC CROWD IT DREW. SOME CREATED A NARRATIVE IN THEIR HEAD AND ACTED OUT LIKE ASSHOLES WHEN IT DIDN’T COME TRUE AND I DONT F-CK WITH THAT.”
“THAT SHIT WAS LIKE MOB MENTALITY AND CANCEL CULTURE IN REAL LIFE AND I THINK THAT SHIT IS F-CKING TRASH,” he added in a series of tweets.
Video went viral Monday morning showing attendees booing the rapper during his surprise set. Genius writer Andrés Tardio shared the clip in which Drake asks the booing crowd, “I’m here for you tonight. If you want to keep going, I will keep going. What’s up?”
The rapper, clearly upset, soon cuts his performance short, telling attendees, “It’s been love.”
Still, Tyler tweeted that Drake felt “no ways” about being booed and blamed the majority of the disgruntled fans on “those shits in the front area,” writing that they were “mad rude” and “made us look sooo entitled and trash.”
Reportedly, there had been speculation that Ocean, who is notoriously elusive, would be the festival’s surprise performer. A few attendees were even heard chanting, “We want Frank.”
Still, Drake did get cheers after shouting out Tyler for creating Camp Flog Gnaw, and more than a few fans rapped along to the rapper’s 2013 single “Started From The Bottom.”
Although the attendees weren’t feeling him, the Toronto rapper did get love from other artists, including Kehlani, who tweeted, “Drake handled that [situation] so raw. Respect,” before adding, “A goat gon be a goat regardless.”
While it’s somewhat shocking that one of music’s biggest artists got booed off stage, it happens. Can’t win ’em all.