Tory Lanez is known for being one of the most flexible commercial artists that surfaced during the early 2010s. He is a producer and a songwriter capable of flitting between as well as fusing rap and R&B. With vocals that can alternate between rugged and swift boasts, sensitive and smooth come-ons. He has made steady strides towards achieving mainstream success.
Although he had achieved underground success even before reaching 20 and had the early support of Sean Kingston. Most of his claim to commercial success came in 2014. This fame was made sure with a feature track off YG’s “My Krazy Life” and a single that saw him on Billboard’s “Twitter Emerging Artist” Chart. It came as no surprise when he signed an interscope-affiliated deal with Benny Blanco’s Mad Love label the following year.
Having had to contend with losing his mother at an early age. He channeled all the lesson of pain and hardship into all his work. Born to a musically talented family. They contributed to his progress as they were a source of inspiration. A singer, rapper, drummer, pianist, Tory Lanez seems to have it all along with the right amount of confidence to match.
On the 27th of July, 1992, city of Toronto, Canada, Sonstar Peterson and Luella Peterson welcomed Daystar Peterson to the family. Originally based in Montreal, the family later moved to Miami, Florida. Throughout his childhood, Daystar often practiced and refined his rapping skills before tragedy struck, and he lost his mother to a rare disease. The death of his mother led his father to find work as an ordained minister and missionary, leading the both of them around the United States regularly. His father later remarried and had the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he eventually met his friend Hakeem who was a Janitor at the time. Hakeem then gave Daystar Peterson the moniker Tory Lanez due to his thrill-seeking tendencies that sometimes had him fooling around in the streets and playing in the lanes all the while forgetting to watch for traffic.
Due to several behavioral issues, Daystar was asked to leave the family home in 2006. He was asked to go live with his older brother Orane Forrest who at the time lived in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He later returned with his Grandmother to Toronto after being forced to do so. His grandmother refused to take care of him. This drove him to the streets at age 15 where he learned to take care of himself.
With no mom around, and his father and grandmother unwilling to help. Living on the streets caused him to take up rapping again. Adopting the nickname Notorious as a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G, into his new moniker “Tory Lanez”. At 16, he dropped out of the tenth grade and began performing at outdoor shows. Daystar began singing at the age of 17 when he found out that he had a talent for it all without any vocal training.
2015–present: I Told You
The first single off his debut album titled “Say It” was released July 31, 2015. It was later announced that he signed to both Interscope and Benny Blanco’s Mad Love Records. The year 2015 also saw the release of two mixtapes as well as the song “LA Confidential,” the second single off his debut album. On January 28, 2016, Tory Lanez performed “Say It” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
In 2016, Tory Lanez and ASAP Ferg announced that they’d be going on “The Level Up Tour”. He also performed at the Pemberton and Summer Jam Music Festival in the summer of 2016. The official second single “Luv” was released on iTunes later that summer. Where he also revealed the title of his album will be I Told You. On July 20th, Lanez announced that he’d be going on the I Told You tour to help album promotion.
2009–15: Beginning of Career
Tory Lanez released his debut mixtape, T.L 2 T.O. in 2009. While living in South Florida, he directed some of his music videos and had them uploaded to his YouTube Channel. Later that year, Sean Kingston got interested in his singing skills. After seeing a video of him freestyling to Lloyd Banks’ “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley.”
Lanez also released separate mixtapes that year, Just Landed, One Verse One Hearse, Playing for Keeps and Mr. 1 Verse Killah. In 2011, Tory Lanez signed under Kingston’s Time is Money Entertainment and recorded the mixtapes, Chixtape, Swavey, and Mr. Peterson. Before the year ended, he left the label to become an independent artist. Between 2012 and 2014 Lanez had an active career from mixtapes to songs, to series and everything in between.
On August 14, 2014, Daystar announced that he’d be kicking off his first headline tour “Lost Cause Tour” to commemorate the mixtape Lost Cause. Lanez has claimed to ghost write for several famous artists including Travis Scott, T.I., Meek Mill, August Alsina, and Akon.
Daystar Peterson once described his personal style in an interview as Swavey saying it is the genre of music that fuses more than one genre together. With a lot of artists trying more than on genre and sub-genre, perhaps it is safe to say today’s artists are all Swavey Artists.
Awards and Nomination
Although he is yet to win an award, Tory Lanez has received nominations twice as Best New Artist for both the BET and Soul Train Music Awards. He has also received nominations for Best New Hip Hop Artist and Best International Act for BET Hip Hop and MOBO Awards respectively.
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