Toronto rapper Tory Lanez has met his fair share of controversy since remixing Drake’s song “Controlla,” in what was widely perceived to be a dig at his city’s biggest star. Last month, Drake took a direct shot back at Lanez while on tour, calling out “all you boys doing fake ‘Controlla’s.”
In an attempt to clear the air, Lanez visited Sway in the Morning on Monday. He balked at talking about Drake, and claimed that “I don’t have no personal problems with nobody.” However, he peppered his conversation with offhand remarks that could easily be read as subliminal shots at Drizzy.
“We’re here to unify,” he said, speaking of his “New Toronto” movement. “Some of us just don’t want to be unified.” Later in the interview, he pointedly said, “I’m not a singer. I’m not an r&b singer. I’m an artist”—leaving the contrast between “singer” and “artist” unspoken but heavily implied.
The relationship between Drizzy and Torey Lanez is strange to say the least, and things just got more interesting since Drake’s response to The New Toronto mixtape that Torey released late in 2015. In the single Summer Sixteen Drake fired some shots and dropped some shade towards Lanez with the beginning of verse two in the track which says “All you boys in the new Toronto want to be me a little.” Torey responded in an interview with DJ Drama’s Shade 45 show that was recently released online. At first Lanez seems to talk around the question about Drake, going so far as to say that he was not sure why Drizzy would diss him of all people, if it was actually even intended as a diss at all by Drake. Torey says that the two rappers do not even know each other in that way.
When the interview hits close to the 11:15 mark Torey finally answers the Drake diss question though, and stated that Drizzy must feel threatened. Lanez continued by saying “I’m just a young kid. Me personally, I don’t think I’m even hot enough to be getting dissed. But hey, at the end of the day he must look at me as a threat. The music is appealing and I don’t know why he did it, but more blessings to him.” Torey also pointed out that he looks up to the Toronto rapper. During the interview Lanez also discusses how he feels when people refer to Toronto as The Six, how he has started the latest trend of R&B with a thuggy twist, and other topics.