Tory absolutely loved this nickname. The hip-hop crooner has promised his long-awaited Chixtape 5 project is really on deck. Lanez performed Freaky” at the start of his Assassination Vacation Tour” with Drake earlier this week and it is officially out.
tory lanez forever – Forever (OFFICIAL AUDIO)
Collaborations between hip-hop and R&B artists and EDM producers are on the rise in 2015. Wynn Resident RL Grime is no stranger to this mix of genres as he has worked with several big names in hip-hop including Big Sean for the hit track Kingpin” that was featured on Grime’s LP Void.
The dancehall pop-rap makings of this album were intended to be tracks that would get their air time, be overplayed, annoy everyone stuck in traffic after their hundredth listen and then slowly fade from memory.
The modern-day rap show is plagued by many pitfalls: an overreliance on background vocal tracks. DJs with itchy sound-effects trigger fingers. Subwoofers that obliterate not just eardrums but iPhone microphones. Seizure-inducing strobe lights. An overemphasis on getting the party started rather than actually performing. Unfortunately for the audience at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday night, Canadian rapper-singer Tory Lanez fell into many of these pits.
Physical feats aside, there were a few moments where Lanez showed off his vocal talents. Toward the end of his set, Lanez took a dancehall-laced detour, freestyling over Drake’s Controlla” and segueing from Gyptian’s Hold You” into Lanez’s latest single, Luv.” But inevitably, he would rely on the audience to sing Say It,” his Brownstone-sampling breakthrough.
An accomplished entrepreneur and business owner, Brown’s tenacity behind his venture into fashion with his Black Pyramid brand has transformed his business from a digital fashion giant to acquiring a worldwide distribution deal and being carried in major retailers globally. In addition, Brown’s commitment to philanthropy is as important to him as his professional pursuits – including his dedication to the Symphonic Love Foundation, a charitable organization that he founded which supports and creates arts programs for youth. Brown has also donated his time and resources to various non-for-profit organizations including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Best Buddies, Hurricane Harvey victims, and Colin Kaepernick’s recent 10 for 10” million dollar pledge.
That determination was formed when Lanez hit hard times well before he was a teen. Born Daystar Peterson, Lanez faced a tragic loss at age 9. Things got rougher when family estrangements left him completely on his own at age 15. Within a couple of years of that leap into a starker adulthood, he was performing live and garnering attention with his first mixtapes, a move to reclaim his destiny that you can hear traced within the autobiography of I Told You.
Tory Lanez has been on the lips of many Hip Hop fans recently after his comments about working with Tekashi 6ix9ine again emerged, but now the Canadian rapper has been involved in an online spat with another rapper, Roddy Ricch.
The album’s hour and 10-minute-long runtime is spread over 18 tracks which are mostly carbon copies of Lanez’s contemporaries. Outside of the two introspective and almost tear-jerking tracks Pieces” and Happiness x Tell Me,” the lyricism and skill from his freestyle never appear on the project.
One of the lesser-known laws of nature is that people reveal way more about themselves than they mean to when playing pickup basketball. So if you don’t know much about Tory Lanez besides Hey, there’s that guy from Toronto who loves album skits as much as he loves murky trap’n’B,” then you should know about his jump shot. I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I can recall, with clarity, when I first encountered Lanez’s jumper online three years ago. It’s, uh … compellingly odd, and a useful prism through which to view a strange music career that’s much more dramatic than you would think it needs to be, by some distance.
Having been active in the music industry for around ten years, Tory Lanez has been on a mission to prove why he thinks he is the best rapper alive” – a statement he confidently posted on Twitter earlier this year.
Tory Lanez hit Instagram this weekend to discuss a very important conversation in hip-hop – colorism. The Canadian rapper posted a behind the scene clip of a video shoot for the new single Good Love,” with a powerful caption about protecting the integrity of the industry and supporting women of color.
2015 also saw collaborations with Chris Brown, Meek Mill, and more and the release of his critically-acclaimed Cruel Intentions EP, a collaboration with tastemaking L.A. label WEDIDIT featuring production from RL Grime, Baauer and Shlohmo. Signed to multiplatinum producer Benny Blanco’s Interscope Records imprint Mad Love, Lanez’s debut album is set for release this year.
In the commercial realm, he staked a claim in early 2015 with the platinum single Say It,” which reached the top of the rhythmic and urban radio charts and, as a pop crossover contender, hit No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. Among the intelligentsia, though, Lanez is famous for the 15 mixtapes he’s released since coming on the scene in 2009, including Conflicts of My Soul, three installments in the notorious Chixtape series, and The New Toronto, named for his hometown, which is suddenly looking like the hottest hip-hop breeding ground no one anticipated.
Taking to Instagram after he noticed that Tory Lanez had used his ‘Ricch Forever’ instrumental on new track ‘Watch Your Soul’, Roddy Ricch stated ‘u can’t bite no harder than this. @torylanez I thought we was better than this’.
He picked up musical influences from each location. I’m a very cultural person and Canada is a very cultural place,” he explains. In Canada, you grow up listening to so much different music that when it’s time to make your own, you subconsciously take what you’ve heard growing up and it goes into your own sound. I think that’s what makes music coming from Canadian artists stand out.” He describes his own music as swavey”, meaning that it fuses genres. His current single Luv mixes ragga with R&B and cold, ethereal synthesisers; last year’s smash Say It updated Brownstone’s classic new jack swing record If You Love Me into a 21st century sex jam.
A chart topping force, Brown has made more Billboard Hot 100 entries since the start of his career than any contemporary male singer alive to date, spending 160 consecutive weeks charting on the Hot 100. His last album Heartbreak On A Full Moon has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify and has been certified 2X platinum. The album spent more than a year on the Billboard Hot 200.
Oh yeah, for sure. A lot of those dudes right now—Shlohmo, RL Grime, Rustie, people in that world, or even Ryan Hemsworth—I feel like it’s just a different sound that they have. I’m just tired of all that rap shit; I stray away from the norm. I like to be different. I’m very everywhere; I’m very eclectic—but it’s in a good way. It’s more of a challenge hearing their beats, and going on their beats, than the beats I’m so used to going on. So that’s the joy and beauty of it. It’s just creating music.
At first glance, Canadian MC Tory Lanez and Snoop Dogg don’t seem so similar. For starters, they hail from opposite ends of the continent. Tory was two years old when Snoop dropped Doggystyle; Toronto’s current soundscape is a far cry from the California funk that birthed Snoop. But Tory exists in the same tradition that Snoop mastered – greatness exists in versatility and longevity nearly as much as it does in releasing a classic album… and potentially fizzling out down the line. This is not to say that Tory Lanez should immediately be recognised among the greats today, but rather that he could be in that discussion.
Because of their generational gap (among other things), they’ll have very different routes to success, but Tory’s career is on a similar trajectory to Snoop’s. He’s had radio hits for three years straight, and he can show up on almost anyone’s song – sometimes where you’d least expect – and sound totally organic. Tory’s versatility makes him one of the most listenable guys working today. Like Snoop, this versatility gives him one of rap’s superpowers: other rappers need Tory more than he needs other rappers. And in a genre reliant on collaboration, that makes him a hot commodity. Maybe one of the hottest.
The ‘Talk To Me’ rapper carries a solid sense of confidence. While some have been quick to call him overzealous, in a music industry where we can never be too sure how much an artist is behind their own music, very few can claim talent as authentic as that of Tory Lanez. For the Canada born, rapper, singer and producer, making music is an easy process. With some three studio albums and an astonishing 17 mixtapes, Lanez is not showing signs of slowing done anytime soon.
While he’s certainly no stranger to the scene (his growing list of collaborations include Bun B, DJ Mustard, Meek Mill, YG, Kirko Bangz, G-Eazy, Rockie Fresh… the list goes on), Tory Lanez has been through quite the journey to get where he is now. Less than a decade since living on the streets of downtown Toronto at the age of 14, the now-22 year old is in the middle of his first headlining tour, named after his latest mixtape, Lost Cause Although it’s not his first project, it feels as though Lanez has premiered himself in a new way this year—highlighted by collaborations with tastemaker producers like RL Grime, Ryan Hemsworth, Noah Breakfast, while adding a lot of his own production.