Tory Lanez, born Daystar Peterson, made his mark on the industry in 2016 with his debut album I Told You. From there, the singer/rapper began to brand himself as a master of samples by creating his own mixtape series called “chixtapes.” With his Chixtape series, which currently has five installments, the singer puts his own spin on classic R&B songs from artists such as Aaliyah, Usher, Ashanti, and more. In addition to his Chixtape series, he continued to push out six studio albums as he teamed up with the likes of Chris Brown, G-Eazy, Meek Mill, and more. Since the recent legal battle between Megan Thee Stallion and Canadian rapper, Lanez has kept a low profile since the 2020 shooting and has used his music to share his side of the story.
Take a look at 10 of Tory Lanez’s best songs ranked below:
In "Hate To Say" the Toronto rapper explains several of his beefs with high-profile musicians in the industry including Drake, Eric Bellinger, Pi'erreBourne, and Travis Scott. He spoke to Genius about the beef with Scott, "I'm not gonna go too far into it, but pretty much we had a disagreement over something. And, at one point, we was at the same festival, and we was about to scrap over some s---. Some s--- happened, and I think I egged on the fight a little too much, that's about it." "Hate To Say" samples One Direction's "You & I" which Lanez spoke to the site about the surprising pairing, "It's weird, right? 'Cause you would never expect these songs to come out of that. But yeah, we had to clear it with One Direction, so that's a Zayn sample. Me and Christian Lou been working together for years. So I think when he heard it, he just was like, "Nah, this is for Tory. I have to get this to Tory." "Hate To Say" is from Lanez's second studio album 'Memories Don't Die' which debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
"Broke In A Minute" is from Lanez's mixtape 'The New Toronto 3' which was released in 2020. The track was released as the lead single for the project with singles "Do the Most" and "Who Needs Love" following. This was Lanez's last project before cutting ties with Interscope. In the video for "Broke In A Minute" Lanez is seeing showing off large amounts of money and boasting about luxurious items he's bought. The bass-heavy beat was produced by Papi Yerr.
"Still Be Friends" is found on G-Eazy's 2021 album 'These Things Happen Too.' The Bay Area rapper taps in Tory Lanez and fellow West Coast rapper Tyga for this hit. In "Still Be Friends" the trio takes turns rapping about asking the woman they're dating if they can still be in a "friends with benefits" situation since she "doesn't do one-night stands." "Diamond in the rough, Uncut Gems/ She not my girlfriend though, we just friends,” Eazy rhymes. “Still Be Friends” marks G-Eazy and Tory Lanez's fifth collaboration, after the “Been On” remix, “Drifting,” Phora’s “For You,” and Blac Youngsta’s “Cut Up” remix.
"Can I?" is found on Kehlani's 2020 album 'It Was All Good Until It Wasn't.' The song was one of the fan favorites from the album but when the Bay Area singer heard that Lanez was the alleged shooter in the Megan Thee Stallion case, the R&B singer took Lanez off the deluxe version of the album. Lanez's verse is heard in the music video but he does not appear in the visual. Megan is heard on Kehlani’s “Real Hot Girl Skit” on IWGUIW and have previously worked together on Megan's "Hit My Phone."
In "Money Over Fallouts" Lanez shares his side of the Megan Thee Stallion shooting case. The song starts off with a montage of media coverage of the incident, then Megan speaks briefly about the shooting right before Lanez begins rapping. "Money Over Fallouts" was the first time that Lanez spoke about the incident and raps, "Megan people tryna frame me for a shootin'/But them boys ain't clean enough/I see how they teamin' up, watchin' and I'm calculatin'/Gotta keep it quiet, I can't jeopardize the outcome waitin'." Later on Twitter the Toronto rapper wrote, "There is a time to stay silent. And a time to speak... I said all I could say on this."
Tory Lanez taps in Queens rapper Rich The Kid for his 2018 hit "Talk To Me." In the song, both Lanez and Rich are trying to convince a woman to give them a chance. "Talk To Me" served as the lead single to his 2018 album 'Love Me Now?' In the visual for the track, New York rapper 6ix9ine makes a cameo. Lanez explained the cameo to Vibe: "6ix9ine was around for a little minute and I was like one of the first dudes who kind of was just like you know what? I’m gonna accept this guy just to the public [laughs] but yeah we shot that in L.A. I was shooting and he was like 'What are you doing?' and I’m like 'Yo I’m in LA' he’s like 'Yo I’m in here' and I was like 'Aight well pull up to the shoot,' and he pulled up." The song peaked at No. 43 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Lanez is known for his "Chixtapes" and "The Take" featuring Chris Brown was one of the fan favorites from the 2019 project. However, Lanez spoke about how he was unsure if the track would make it onto the album. "You've got to remember how people feel about 'Take You Down' and how much of a lovemaking classic it is," he explained to Genius. "I wanted to make sure that I did something that was a little bit different, come with a different flow. I feel like the production on the second half is probably my favorite thing about the song." In "The Take," Lanez samples Brown's 2007 hit "Take You Down." This is Lanez and Brown's eighth collaboration with the most recent "Bad Then A Beach" arriving on Brown's 10th studio album 'Breezy.'
"Jerry Sprunger" is from Lanez's fifth installment of his 'Chixtape' mixtape series. The Toronto rapper enlisted T. Pain for "Jerry Sprunger" which uses the sample 2005 hit single, "I’m Sprung" by the Florida rapper. "Jerry Sprunger" is the second collaboration between the two artists, following T-Pain's "Getcha Roll On" off his 2019 album '1UP.'
"LUV" is from Lanez's debut album 'I Told You' which was released in 2016. The record uses the dancehall track “Everyone Falls In Love” by Tanto Metro and Devonte. "LUV" peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and received a nomination for Best R&B Song at the 59th Grammy Awards.
"Say It" is the lead single from Lanez's debut album 'I Told You.' The track samples the song "If You Love Me" by Brownstone. "Say It" peaked at No. 1 on both the US Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Airplay Chart and US Billboard Rhythmic chart. For the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart the song peaked at No. 10 and for the US Billboard Hot 100 "Say It" peaked at No. 23.