Memories Don't Die feels like an important milestone for Toronto's Tory Lanez. While talented and prolific, at times it felt as if Fargo was doomed to live out his days as a perpetual underdog; beefing with golden boy Drizzy is a surefire way to catch ire from legions of loyal Stans. Yet this weekend, Lanez has dropped off his second studio album, a revelation in may ways. Plenty have understood the depths of Tory's artistic range, but his lyrical ability still remains slept on. Upon receiving "Hate To Say" (as well as fire opener "Old Friends x New Foes," which I was also tempted to highlight), it's clear that Tory has sharpened his craft, delivering his insight with poise, charisma, and confidence.
Plenty of old beefs are examined; from his silly tete-a-tete with Pi'erre Bourne over an unauthorized remix, to his near-scuffle with Travis Scott over sonic similarities. Of course, the palaver with the Six God is too big an event to go unnoticed, and Tory paints a vivid picture with a storyteller's finesse. "Hate To Say" is a highlight on an excellent album. Props to Tory for this one.
Did a song with Meek Milly, called it "Litty"
Really I just did that shit for the city in love with Philly
God, this chinchilla fur on me, just in case it gets chilly
Burner on my side pocket, just that's incase you get illy out here
Me and Travi$ Scott almost fought at the Mala Luna
We both agreed shortly after that it was music
That we could be possibly doing that bigger than tryna ruin it
So my apologies, n***a, just forgive me for doing it
History made in New York City, we called a truce at the tower
I only brought a couple n****s with me
The beef was finished as soon as we took the picture, the world was watching
The attention in the industry started shifting to me
Lord forgive 'em, Lord forgive 'em, I was tripping all the time
I spit subliminal dissing just tryna rip shit
Not realising if I took the time to kick it, and me and Drake, man, them bridges would probably equal to winning