The Tory Lanez Beef Saga continues: Enter DreamDoll
Since claiming to be the “best rapper alive” on Twitter last week, we’ve seen an influx in Tory Lanez diss tracks. Which was obviously predictable. Calling yourself the best rapper usually gets that type of response. And thus was born what we’ve affectionately referred to as the Tory Lanez Beef Saga.
“You ToryNextDoor or Bryson Lanez?” – DreamDoll
But that’s exactly what Tory wanted, as he prepares to tour side-by-side former rival Drake on the aptly titled 20+ date Assassination Vacation European Tour. He’ll be performing songs from his latest studio project, LoVE me NOw?, which he dropped in October, and his Latin project, El Agua, which will be out fairly soon. The first track that’s been released and expected to appear on that album is “Pa Mi” featuring trap artist, Ozuna.
Tory Lanez Beef: From Vancouver to New York
NYC rappers definitely heard Tory’s challenge loud and clear as a bunch of artists from the city have clapped back at the Brampton-native.
And Canadian rappers have also stepped into the ring.
Notably, budding Surrey, BC rap star Merkules, who has received more than 275K streams on his Epidemix-produced “Story Lanez” diss. A bunch of new disses targeting Tory have been released since Merk first unleashed his fiery response, but “Story Lanez” still remains my top pick from the pack.
Merk’s main focus doesn’t seem to be Tory Lanez though, but rather his latest single, “The Bad Guy,” which was produced by Nigel Childs and released on Jan. 23.
Don Q, known for his collaborations with A Boogie wit da Hoodie, released the sinister “I’m Not Joyner,” with the accompanying artwork featuring Tory in a noose being hung off a bridge.
The title references the Tory Lanez beef with Joyner Lucas from a few months back which produced the diss tracks “Litty Freestyle” and “Zeze” by Joyner Lucas, as well as “Lucky You (Freestyle)” and “Litty Again” by Tory.
J.R. Writer of The Diplomats/DipSet fame was suddenly in the mix, quick to jump on Funk Flex to accuse Tory of stealing bars.
He also revealed his “Head Shot (Tory Lanez Response)” which was produced by SoSpecial Beats. No stranger to rap beef, Writer famously came at his former label-head Cam’ron, Dame Dash, and Jim Jones in a freestyle recorded during his prison stint inside New York’s Ulster Correctional Facility.
Fargo finally fired back—primarily at Don Q—on Jan. 28 with the “Don Queen” diss over Drake’s Pusha T-inspired “Duppy Freestyle” instrumental originally produced by Toronto’s own Boi-1da and Jahaan Sweet (released May 2018). Billboard described it as five minutes of “a brutal evisceration.”
Tory indicates that this will be his only reply to Don Q, focusing now on Dreamville with hopes that J. Cole will come at him.
Veteran New Yorker Mysonne released a diss of his own called “If He Dies He Dies.” The Bronx rapper teamed up with Luxury Music to warn Tory to stay in his lane.
Towards the end he makes a point of stating that the only reason Tory would dare go at emcees like Eminem and J. Cole—whom he targeted in the same Twitter rant—is because he knows they won’t give him the time of day anyway so there’s no risk of getting burned. He also labelled it as a “warm up” when he uploaded the diss to YouTube, so there could very well be more coming from him.
Later on, Don Q dropped another Tory Lanez diss track entitled “This Is Your King (Tory Lanez Diss Pt. 2).” The NYC rapper goes in Mobb Deep’s classic instrumental for “Burn,” produced by Havoc and featured on Mobb Deep’s fifth studio album, Infamy.
So far, the latest Don Q diss has received more than 1.2 million streams on YouTube alone, with Tory’s “Don Queen” currently coming in at 1.6 million. Both will probably walk away with new followers on Spotify so it’s not hard to imagine that they’re seeing promotional value out of feuding… as is the norm.
I don’t think anyone was expecting another diss from Tory that same day, but another Bronx artist DreamDoll from Love & Hip-Hop New York decided she needed to speak up, after Tory rapped about sleeping with her on “Don Queen.” DreamDoll gives him a piece of her mind on “On Ya Head.”
She raps: “The same night I met Tory, had him eatin’ my box / Eating my ass, he tried to suck my feet through my socks / Don’t ever say my name on a record you trying to get props? Cause the day I feel disrespected I make you my opps.”
She also states that Tory is the only person she’s ever slept with that’s request a threesome involving two men and one woman, and delivers various other big bars to drive her message home.
“You been beggin’ for attention, beggin’ for a lynchin’ / You mad I post a comment and say it in my mentions.”
At this point there’s no telling how long the Tory Lanez Beef Saga will play out. But it’s creating a significant amount of coverage from leading publications like Billboard and Complex, and generating a shit ton of free advertising for LoVE Me NOw? in the process, which could very well have been Tory’s goal from the start.