Canada is a country who's open borders and multicultural acceptance breed unique and talented artists. One such artist is the Grammy-nominated Toronto singer, Tory Lanez. Lanez, recognized mostly for his rapping skills, is also no stranger to the good dancehall vibes. The city of Toronto continues to produce multi-faceted, Caribbean-influenced music makers, and Tory Lanez is a prime example.
Lanez, born Daystar Peterson, has the island diaspora rooted in his family tree, as his father is from Barbados and his mother from Curacao. He spent his childhood in Miami and started his musical journey there, perfecting his craft before settling in Atlanta, Georgia. After his mother's death, Lanez' life became a bit of a bumpy ride. At the age of 15, he moved with his older brother to Jamaica, Queens, only to be then forced to live with his grandma in Toronto, who didn't want the responsibility of a teenage child. So, Lanez was sent out on his own at the age of 15, and this is what makes Tory Lanez the artist and man he is today.
One of the first to discover Lanez' music, through his popular YouTube channel, was Jamaican-American artist Sean Kingston. In 2010, the singer/songwriter asked Lanez to join him on Justin Bieber's Tour. Then later, Kingston signed Lanez to his label. After releasing two mixtapes, the artist left the label to pursue the independent route.
As an up and coming rapper from Toronto, during the same time as Drake's reign, some friction naturally occurred. A hometown rivalry of sorts. As each rapper has dropped subtle diss lyrics in their songs. As the two continue to put out quality music, look for the artists to make waves with their budding hometown rivalry.
After years of releasing fire tracks on mixtapes, EP's and singles, Tory Lanez is now front and center. Lanez was recently nominated at the 59th Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song called "Luv," from his first studio album. The song is a remake of one of Jamaica's most beloved tracks, "Everyone Falls in Love," performed by Jamaican dancehall duo, Tanto Metro and Devonte in 1997. Sean Paul jumped on the official remix for "Luv," released in October of 2016. Since the remix, the two artists have formed a musical bond and have recently collaborated on the track "Tek Weh Yuh Heart." The music video debuted earlier this week, making a great week for Sean Paul who also debuted his first son to the world. Congratulations!
Watch the official video for "Tek Weh Yuh Heart" and also both versions of the hit single "Luv," here on KingstonToLA:
Oh, and don't forget to enjoy the original track that inspired Tory Lanez' hit, "Luv" below: