Tory Lanez – “I Told You”

ToryIToldYouI am warming to this Tory Lanez album but I feel like I hear every one else in hip-hop within these fourteen tracks. “Luv” feels like Tory trying his best to slither onto the Controlla-created lane for dancehall crossover records in demand currently. “4am Flex” feels EXACTLY like “The Art of Peer Pressure” by Kendrick Lamar. The entire narrative of the album feels like a My Krazy Life attempt which would work well if it wasn’t executed so impressively executed by YG two whole years ago.

The biggest similarity I noticed however came with “Friends with Benefits” though; Track 6 for those that are unaware. As soon as I heard this record I knew where I had heard it before. Those who know me to a fairly decent level know that I have a strong affinity for Tinashe. As of right now, Travis Scott and The Weeknd have a fire record out called “Wonderful”. As soon as I heard that, my mind span HERE where you can hear Tinashe’s “Wonderful” demo from nearly two years ago. Fast forward to 2016, and we get Friends with Benefits from Tory which, as you guessed it, can be heard being performed by Tinashe AGAIN back in 2013(!) (trust me her version is much better).

I’m not mad at Tory doing his thing over this beat as he crafted a pretty good record. Me noticing this doesn’t help his quest for originality on this album however, especially when his version doesn’t hold a candle to Tinashe’s previous work.

It also doesn’t make his artwork any better. Who the fucked signed off on that monstrosity being the cover to your debut album?

I don’t know with this one. Good without ever reaching great.

I Told You in stores everywhere.

The Summer Sixteen Tour ~ Drake & Future @ Air Canada Center; Toronto, ON

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Whenever someone wins a Gold Medal at the Olympics, they get interviewed within 15 minutes of victory. The interview usually begins with a question similar to “[insert name here] you are Olympic Champion, summarise how this feels for me”.

7 times out of 10, there are usually no words that begin to encapsulate what the person in question is currently going through.

That’s exactly how I feel about my visit to Toronto this summer.

It’s very rare that I come back from a country feeling that I could genuinely LIVE there. Even at this stage in my life living in London, it’s rare that I go to a club and genuinely enjoy myself from beginning to end. It’s rare that on the last day of my holiday, I sit there and think “I could really spend another week here with no problems whatsoever”. I got all the above in Toronto.

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I went to my first pool party in Toronto. I saw Frisco, Shorty and Maximum walking the streets in Toronto and dapped them up like it was nothing. I saw Floyd Mayweather with my own eyes in Toronto. I even developed an affinity for Baseball in Toronto.

I saw some of the most incredible women I’ve ever seen in Toronto. I drank the best Old Fashioned I’ve ever been served in Toronto. I went to the best concert I’ve ever been to in Toronto.

I harp on a lot about concerts but that OVOFest shit was different gravy. Sometimes you speak to people and they instantly light up when speaking about certain topics or places. If i have seen you since my return to the United Kingdom you probably saw how passionately I spoke about this entire week in Canada. The city is amazing and this summer keeps getting better and better.

THE SUMMER SIXTEEN BUCKET LIST:

  • Visit The Great Niagara Falls. COMPLETED.
  • See Drake perform “Still Here”. COMPLETED.
  • See Future perform “Fly Sh*t Only”. COMPLETED.
  • See Drake and Future perform “Live from the Gutter”. INCOMPLETE.
  • Hit Caribana festival. COMPLETED.
  • Go to a festival overseas. COMPLETED.
  • Fuck a bitch from “Lost & Found” on a Monday because The Weeknd said it was lit. (Proof).
  • Go to an American Sports Match. COMPLETED.
  • Stunt incessantly on Instagram using nothing but Drake lyrics as captions. COMPLETED.
  • See Mississauga at sunset because PARTYNEXTDOOR told me the place was lit. (Proof). INCOMPLETE.
  • Visit Weston Road. INCOMPLETE.
  • Visit The Senator’s Diner because Oliver Taylor used to work there and told me it was lit. INCOMPLETE.

I told you how I plotted on this trip happening all those months ago in October 2015. Part of the enjoyment of this entire week was the fact that I spoke this into existence and quarter-backed the entire process from start to finish. For that reason, my mind is already in 2017, 2018, 2019 and beyond and my schedule currently looks like this:

2017: Ideas welcome
2018: NBA All-Star Weekend
2019: Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix
2020: Tokyo, Olympics

Please see my Instagram for all the pics I threw up on the Gram during my tenure overseas. Furthermore, please see where those two OVO nights rank in the all-time list.

I also firmly believe that even though Drake is only four albums in, he is comfortably Top 5 all-time dead-or-alive.

But we’ll get into that another time.

Now we just got to ensure that we finish 2016 strong. Starting with Travis Scott next week…