Tory Lanez lets the safety handles off for “Sorry 4 What.”
Honorable Mention. The Vent
Tory Lanez really be knowing how to cuss folks out. Let’s be real: Most of us would tap out if we had to walk a day in Tory Lanez’s shoes. He has a bunch of Twitter users, a bunch of celebrities, a bunch of bloggers, and a bunch of regular Joes that don’t like his ass. You at least have to acknowledge how well Tory has handled himself. In “The Vent,” Tory gets a chance to speak on just about everything he has dealt with in the past year. Throughout the song, he spits relentlessly over a chill beat, almost sounding like a First Take guest that is intent on cutting off Stephen A. Tory Lanez and Drake are A+ venters.
5. Anymore // F**k Boy Intentions
“Anymore // F**k Boy Intentions” is a whopping 7:35. The good news is this: Tory Lanez entertains in numerous ways in the song.
During the first section of this song (“Anymore”), Tory Lanez hopscotches between a cocky individual with a pep in his step and a gentle singer that needs love to operate effectively. In the second section of the song, he hopscotches between a provocative singer-rapper, an arrogant/blunt rapper, and a bitter/gentle singer. Women, this is how crazy you drive us (In the song, Tory talks about the myriad of obstacles women that we love put us through).
4. No More Parties In LA
LA parties must be crazy as s**t. Tory Lanez is the 100th person to say that they are toxic.
Do you know what’s cool about “No More Parties In LA?” It lulls you to sleep with its drowsy moments but wakes your ass up quickly with its aggressive moments. The experience is really an accurate representation of what it feels like to be under the influence of a bunch of different recreational drugs while at a party. I’m not speaking from experience, all I did was read Dennis Rodman’s autobiography.
3. Why Did I
Tory released this slapper a week after slapping you know who.
You get the best of Tory Lanez from “Why Did I.” He blesses us with both infectious melodies and rap bars that compliment his braggadocios lyrics in very different ways. For instance, the former makes him sound like a hard-working individual that deserves a fun little Friday, while the latter makes him sound like an individual that likes to s**t on people with 9 to 5s. Nonetheless, I think this song has a great bop and fun vibes.
2. Hennessy Memories
If you were a heavy Hennessy drinker, you have no memories (Tory, what’s up with the trick question?).
It is very easy to get drunk on “Hennessy Memories.” The song features a very intoxicating melodic hook, hard-hitting rap verses that will literally feel like shots to your ears, a beat that gives off a drowsy feel, and lyrics that accurately describe the feelings that come about when you have a certain amount of liquor in your system. As someone who has indulged in his fair share of Henny, I endorse this song!
1. Not Tricking // Black Keys
“Bad Bitches Wrk @ Taboo” and “Not Tricking // Black Keys” have very similar sounds.
In “Not Tricking // Black Keys,” Tory Lanez lets it be known that he gets B*TCHES! The biggest sales about the song are that it features an extremely catchy hook, extremely hard-hitting raps (Hard-hitting raps are a theme here), and a beat that combines serene R&B vibes with a nice little bop. All in all, “Not Tricking // Black Keys” sounds like Tory’s version of “Nice For What.”
F**k it, “Bad Bitches Wrk @ Taboo” and “Not Tricking // Black Keys” is tied for 1!
SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN
1. Sorry For What? // LV BELT (4.5/5)
2. Bad Bitches Wrk @ Taboo (5/5)
3. Where 2 Start (4.5/5)
4. Sex Songs (4.5/5)
5. Hennessy Memories (4.5/5)
6. Not Tricking // Black Keys (5/5)
7. Y.D.S // Iggy DelDia (4.5/5)
8. This Ain’t Working (4.5/5)
9. Hurting Me (4/5)
10. Why Did I (5/5)
11. No More Parties In LA (5/5)
12. Anymore // F**k Boy Intentions (5/5)
13. Red Casamigos (4/5)
14. Understand (4/5)
15. Casa-Freak-Hoes (3.5/5)
16. Role Call (Ft. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) (3.5/5)
17. Rare L (4.5/5)
18. Albany Bahamas (4/5)
19. Collection (Ft. Yoko Gold)(4.5/5)
20. The Vent (4.5/5)
More than any other artist, I think that Tory Lanez understands the exact kind of music that hip-hop fans want to hear. I know that sounds simple, but it’s really not. Let me get a little more specific for you: I feel like Tory knows the kind of melodies, the kind of content, the kind of aggression, and the kind of beats that will strike a chord with us. Does that sound easy to figure out now?
Production: Tory Lanez’s versatility has been put on full display these past couple of years. For this particular album, he doubles down on both a “Nice For What” kind of sound and a borderline R&B sound. On the real, I really enjoy the high energy the production on this album provides from start to finish.
Guest Appearances: Two people are featured on this album: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Yoko Gold. Since his incident with Megan Thee Stallion, Tory really hasn’t worked with a bunch of people on his projects… I like that. While I did enjoy Yoko Gold’s contributions to “Collection,” a song I wanted to add to my top 5 so bad, I didn’t really care for A Boogie’s contributions to “Role Call.”
The Performances: There’s no other way to put this: Tory Lanez is a f**king beast. When he wants to sing, he dives in fearlessly, caring less if you consider him a legit singer. When he needs to turn up the heat as a rapper, he does a good job of delivering verses that pack incredible punches. He’s truly an artist that is equally good at singing and rapping.
The biggest thing I would change: Though a good chunk of this album has to do with scandalous relationships and the power of money, I do wish that Tory talked a little more about being blackballed and all that he has gone through in the last year and a half (As he did in Daystar). With that being said, I fully understand why he didn’t.
The biggest reason you should listen to this album: You get hip-hop at its finest on it. As I said a few paragraphs ago, Tory understands the kind of music that we want to hear. It’s almost like he approaches making music like he’s an agent that works for us. Between the infectious hooks, powerful raps, and appealing beats, this album is nothing short of amazing.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.