“Say It” goes platinum, Tory Lanez turns down XXL cover & more Swave Nation updates
Toronto, ON – Despite the industry’s top dog regularly representing for the Northside, Canadian rappers going platinum in the States is still much of a rarity. But that’s trending downwards lately and there are a handful of artists really making a run for international greatness.
One of them being Toronto’s Tory Lanez (aka Argentina Fargo), who earned platinum certification in the United States this week for his smash hit single, “Say It.”
According to Billboard, the certification “confirms a digital US unit total of 1 million, with each unit equal to either 1 paid download or 150 streams.” The distinction was announced at the same time as platinum certifications for Charlie Puth’s “One Call Away” and Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza.”
Tory Lanez | Photo: Sarah Jay (HipHopCanada)
Not surprisingly, the MMVA-nominated Lanez has seen a huge increase in traditional media and social media coverage this year. It’s been fueled by the success of “Say It” and other releases, as well as an ambiguous “New Toronto” beef with Drake that has earned him headlines across the hip-hop and even mainstream blogosphere. After the release of Drake’s “Summer Sixteen,” the interest in the beef piqued but Lanez played it down: “Drake could diss me 20,000 times, and I’d never diss him. I’m a fan… I have no negativity on my side. All blessings to that man.” But despite Lanez giving assurance to Diddy’s Revolt TV that there was no actual beef, the rivalry between the pair dates back further than most people think.
In fact, longtime HipHopCanada viewers will remember the Lanez and Drake rivalry dating back to the HipHopCanada message board days, when a teenage Lanez offered to pay $10,000 to Drake, or anyone in his camp, if they sincerely weren’t feeling his music… a testament to the confidence Lanez had in his craft even 10 years ago. It’s just a small footnote in the overall Tory Lanez/Drake story, but a guarantee that the 6 God had Lanez on his radar long before the general public did.
The Drake feud is just one of the various reasons Lanez finds himself in the public eye these days, and it’s clear that confidence mentioned before has only gotten stronger. While some people would kill for a chance to be included in XXL’s coveted annual Freshman class, Lanez is now the third Canadian artist to turn down the publication’s offer (Drake and PartyNextDoor being the other 2). “I passed on the XXL cover. Don’t b confused” is what he tweeted on April 15 after it was revealed that he would not be included in this year’s list.
I passed on the XXL cover . Don't b confused
— Tory Lanez #SWAVEY (@torylanez) April 15, 2016
He’s also got some legal trouble. At a concert late March in Midland, TX with Atlanta based artist K Camp, Lanez took issue with the venue’s security and told the crowd, “Let’s f*** this place up!” The situation was covered by TMZ who billed the resulting riot as a “WWE battle royal … with chairs, bottles and tables getting thrown after the singer provoked the crowd to go berserk … according to witnesses.” Coverage of the incident, which was caught on video, indicates that the concert promoter and venue owner are considering pursuing legal action against Lanez, born Daystar Peterson.
Line Up The Flex
Another new development fans can look forward to is The Level Up Tour which will feature Tory Lanez and A$AP Ferg hitting the road together starting in May. Ferg will be promoting his new album Always Strive and Prosper and will bring the tour to over 20 US cities. You can check out the official tour site at LevelUpTour.com.
A couple of weeks ago the pair released a new tune called “Line Up The Flex,” produced by Play Picasso. And while the interview with Revolt back when “Summer Sixteen” downplays any beef with Drizzy, this new song with Ferg makes you wonder where things really stand. He references the same “Gang, gang, gang” line that Drake employs in “Summer Sixteen,” making you wonder who – exactly – it’s directed at.
The very latest is the new “Drifting” video which comes in support of G-Eazy’s 2015-album, When It’s Dark Out. The video also features Chris Brown and is available for viewing below. This isn’t the first time G-Eazy has called on Tory Lanez for support. In 2014, the rising Toronto star was featured on the remix to Eazy’s “Been On,” which also featured Rockie Fresh, and joined him on the These Things Happen tour.
All in all, despite the fact that his name seems to come up for a new reason daily, we’ve really only seen the beginnings of the emergence of Tory Lanez at a mainstream level. Stay tuned for more updates from Tory Lanez and the Swave Nation.
Written by Jesse “Dutch” Plunkett for HipHopCanada
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