Tyler, the Creator knows how to give back to fans. For his crew Odd Future‘s third annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Los Angeles’ The Park at L.A. Coliseum on Nov. 8, the rapper has enlisted an eye-popping roster including Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross and Mac Miller. He’s also offering the crowd, which has swelled from 2,000 to almost 20,000 since its 2012 debut, $150-to-$250 prize packages featuring swag from his Golf Wang clothing line as well as commemorative Odd Future photo books and vinyl. The 23-year-old, who also oversaw the recently wrapped third season of Odd Future’s Adult Swim show, Loiter Squad, explains why this year’s carnival is the sickest one of all.
Why do you call Camp Flog Gnaw a carnival instead of a festival?
We don’t call it that to sound cool — it’s an actual carnival, [with] rides, games. The big difference is we have artists performing, and if you want to watch kids break their arms or some shit, we have [a skate park]. The only ride that matters is this one called the Zipper. It has been my favorite since I was 11, and it’s the most f—ed-up ride ever. I can’t tell you what it does; you just have to get in and see how f—ed up it is. I threw up on it once.
Does the fact that Flog Gnaw is your own creation affect your energy level when you hit the stage?
I don’t think like that, but since Pharrell and Rick Ross will be watching me, I’m going to be hyped and really want to kill it. With every show, I give 100 percent if that’s what I’m feeling, but with this one I’m like, “It’s got to be tight.”
Pharrell was your idol, then became a collaborator and mentor after you blew up. What’s your relationship like now?
That’s my n—a. I talked to him the other day. I told him I was learning guitar and sent him video of me playing it. He was so f—ing excited. It’s little shit like that that makes me say, “I need to get better.”
Is there a new Tyler album on the horizon?
Dude, it’s f—ed up, but I don’t have any new songs. I wish I did. Maybe next year. Right now I’m just doing other things.
Would you surprise release an album like Beyoncé?
I would love to do that. I wanted to do that with my last album but I wasn’t able to. When Beyoncé did it, I was like “What the f—? That was my idea years ago! F— you!”
An edited version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of Billboard.