Oooooooooh weeeeeeeeeee! It’s #LanezSeason and as usual Tory Lanez da GAWD has blessed us with a brand new project to hold us over until his next masterpiece. I been a Lanez fan since 2008, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he really began to take his talents to the next, next level. His #IgnantShit mixtape really showed us what he could do as a freestyler. A nine track tape dedicated to him bodying the hottest songs of the year so far for 3-4 minutes. In 2013, he dropped “Conflicts of My Soul: The 416 Story”. Probably his most comprehensive project to date, complete with co-production from himself. My favorite project from 2013 (just edging out PARTYNEXTDOOR), he showed us what he could do as a rapper, singer, and storyteller. Each teach flowed seamlessly into another.
Not even a few months later, he dropped Chixtape 2. A sequel tape really showcasing his talents for R&B and throwing himself into the convo of great new age crooners. Later in 2014, he gave us Lost Cause. If I could pick one thing about this tape that sounds like an album, it’s that Tory has a great ear for beats. Every single song is a strong, defining piece of production. It left me wanting more tracks from Tory. If I could get one at least every week of that caliber, I’d be content. You could tell me that next Popeyes chicken tender I eat could kill me, and as long as I get a new Lanez song every week, it wouldn’t matter.
That’s where his new EP comes into play. When he announced he was working with the WEDIDIT Collective, I’ll admit, I had my reservations. Now I know Jeremih and Shlohmo made tons of magic together, but that was one songwriter and one producer, and I definitely had my preconceived notions about Baauer and RL Grime so I couldn’t decide if this nigga Tory was #WylinOnAnIsland or talented enough to pull this off. Before the tape dropped, Tory gave us a sneak peek into his recording process with Snakehips and Adidas on Songs From Scratch.
“Dimelo”, a track that ain’t make Cruel Intentions, was painstakingly done over and over across the course of a couple days. The production was done by the Snakehips guys, with Tory assisting a couple sounds here and there until both parties got their desired sound. Then, Tory goes to the booth, no pen and no paper, just freestyling whatever comes to mind and flows well on the beat. In the video, he drops a line “Rollie on my wrist it’s looking kinda bright/30 on my wrist it’s looking kinda right”. It sounds well and flows great in the video, but Tory being the perfectionist he is, it doesn’t make the cut for the song.
And I realized that’s why the Cruel Intentions EP is only five songs. Hardwork went into each and every song on there. Even though Tory likes to get in on the production process, each song maintains the look, feel and sound of their producer. “Acting Like” is a typical Shlohmo song, “In For It” is a typical RL Grime song, “N.I.N.A.” Is a typical Baauer song” and so on and so forth. I don’t mean it in a bad way at all. I feel like these are some of the best efforts from everyone involved. Even though everyone has their sound, the project gels so well together. When you’re listening to the tape you really feel like Tory on the cover art. Just sad and despondent and looking for any girl to keep you company on a rainy night. The entire project is only twenty minutes but you can get lost in it for hours, it has tons of replay value. As with most Tory Lanez projects, I struggle to pick a favorite song. If there’s a song which I can appreciate the direction it went in he most, it’s “Fallback”. Tory sounds like an atypical singer on this track with his rapping style and eccentric ad-libbing. It’s the most fun outta all the tracks on the tape. I can’t even responsibly call it ad-libbing, its just Tory yelling random onomatopoeia or nigga, shit still fun as fuck tho.
Anyway, as you could expect, the highest ranking member of the #ToryNavy has nothing but good words to say of this project. Tory says he has more music on the way but at this point I think I’m satisfied. He’s been 4 for 4 on his last four projects. Complete 10/10s, 100/100s, 1000/1000s. And I still ain’t had a good #Sadderday cry sesh to this one yet, I gotta find a woman to break my heart first. When that new Lanez drop tho, you can expect me to instantly call it a classic.
– Stacks Breezy