My Twitter timeline has been talking about Tory Lanez for a while. Tweets either praise his originality or compare him with Bryson Tiller, the Kentucky native who also switches between rapping and singing over moody and melancholic beats.
It was when I saw videos of Lanez performing that I became intrigued with his artistry. It wasn’t the songs off his highly anticipated debut album ‘I Told You’ like ‘Say It’ and ‘Luv’ which the crowds reacted to best but instead songs like ‘Diego’ and ‘LA Confidential’. It was then when I realised that the greatness and artistry of Tory Lanez is at its full potential on his mixtapes and EPs. The ‘Chixtape’ and ‘The New Toronto’ series are prime examples as well as my personal favourite, ‘Conflicts of My Soul’.
Perhaps the mixtape arena allows Lanez the freedom to sample and experiment musically in a way that a major label release such as ‘I Told You’ does not and it is the sampling and experimenting where Lanez is innovative and at his best.