Tory Lanez is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and fashion designer. He was born on 27th July 1992 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His mother was of Dutch heritage from Curacao and his father was Bajan.
Although Lanez was highly appreciated in 2014 after he released his ‘Lost Cause’ mixtape, his major breakthrough, arguably came from his singles – ‘Say It’ and ‘Luv’. The songs respectively attained the number 23 and 19 spots on Billboard Hot 100. ‘Luv’ later earned Lanez a Grammy nomination for Best R&B song.
Being a professional entertainer, Lanez has spotlighted himself for several controversial reasons. Sometime in March 2016, he was in the news for instigating a riot. As it happened, the rapper was having a concert in Midland, Texas. It’s uncertain what got him pissed; while onstage he said to fans: “Let’s fuck this place up”. The concert literally became a battleground. Law enforcement officers were forced to shut down the show.
Six years earlier, he attracted much attention to himself after he challenged fellow Canadian rapper, Drake. Before the challenge, it was circulating that Lanez is related to Drake. Lanez in a video dismissed the rumour and issued a challenge to Drake. Offering $10,000 he asked Drake to listen to his tracks from his second mixtape ‘Playing for Keeps’. He said he’d hand Drake the money if he didn’t like the mixtape.
Apart from the challenge, it is believed that Lanez has severally dissed Drake in his songs.
Tory Lanez is a stage name. He got the name when he was still a young child for refusing to wait for cross-lights. His real name is Daystar Peterson. Lanez would agree that the impatience that got him the name Tory Lanez has continued to fuel his motivation to succeed.
Tory Lanez Album and Songs
Lanez started rapping when he was only 9 years old. When his mom died of a rare disease in his childhood, his father became an ordained minister and a missionary. So he had to move a lot throughout the USA. At the age of 15, Lanez found out that he has lost his home and became homeless. But his passion didn’t die and he started performing in outdoor concerts for a living.
His debut mixtape was released in 2010, named T.L 2 T.O. Along with his mixtape, Lanez started directing some music videos and uploaded them to YouTube. One of his music videos caught the attention of Sean Kingston. Kingston asked Lanez for a meetup and offered him a deal. Lanez accepted the deal and got signed with Sean Kingston’s Time is Money Entertainment record label. During his deal with the record label, Lanez started making many of his mixtapes. After cutting ties with the label, Lanez released his eighth mixtape.
In March and May 2012, Lanez released his 9th and 10th mixtapes respectively named ‘Ignant Shift’ and ‘Sincerely Tory’. His 11th mixtape named ‘Conflicts of My Soul: The 416 Story’ became one of his most famous mixtapes and earned him enough fame to release five singles.
Tory Lanez’s first album appearance was in 2014 when he appeared on YG’s album My Krazy Life. In the same year, another of his mixtape named ‘Lost Cause’ was released and was a great success. The rapper signed to Mad Love Records and Interscope Records in 2015.
Lanez is also a fashion designer and has his own brand of clothing, named Crist. He also owns a store in Toronto named Forever Umbrella. His debut album ‘I Told You’ was released in August 2016.
Essentially, Tory Lanez has married his passion for music with creativity and business to enlarge his wealth through hard work. The rapper came to Toronto with nothing but has pulled his way up to an enviable spot within the industry. A good evidence of his inventiveness is his offer for people to become Citizens of Swavenation.
“Citizens of Swavenation are in direct contact with Tory. Once you become a citizen, you can receive exclusive music, limited merchandise and video premieres from Tory as a way to say ‘Thank you’ for your dedication. Often, Citizens will receive invitations to secret dinners when he’s on tour so that he can spend time (with them) face to face,” reads the Swavenation page.
While Swavenation is helping Tory to build his fan base, it also serves as a platform for the artiste to market and sell his brand of clothing.
For his accomplishments in the music industry which has majorly contributed to his estimated worth of $2.5 million, the Canadian rapper was listed in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2017 Music Class.