14 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rich vocals, catchy hooks, and spellbinding beats from the "Say It" star. Lanez launched his career by flooding fans with free tracks, so it’s a pleasant surprise that his first studio album feels, somehow, more polished and more raw. An explosive intro-rant from a foster parent fades into songs about flirting and fame, and don’t miss “Luv,” an Auto-Tuned twist on Tanto Metro’s dancehall classic, “Everyone Falls in Love.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Rich vocals, catchy hooks, and spellbinding beats from the "Say It" star. Lanez launched his career by flooding fans with free tracks, so it’s a pleasant surprise that his first studio album feels, somehow, more polished and more raw. An explosive intro-rant from a foster parent fades into songs about flirting and fame, and don’t miss “Luv,” an Auto-Tuned twist on Tanto Metro’s dancehall classic, “Everyone Falls in Love.”

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
911 Ratings
911 Ratings
King Khyre

Flames

This will be the coldest album of the year Tory is a legend drakes career is winding down its time for Tory to take over. 💯🔥🔥🔥🔥

Ghost Prime 1

BIG TINGzzz

Much respeck to the young BOI Tory,,,you gonna shut the city down with this album..EXCUSE ME shut the whole country down..NO EXCUSE ME.., SHUT THE WORLD DOWN!!

Chinchilla93

I Told You ... An Indication of a Bright Future

Those familiar with Tory's catalog will not be surprised by the quality of this album. With the amount of (free) quality music he has dropped over the years, you could argue that some of those tracks could have easily made the album. Incredible production, and Tory matches each track with his versatility. A cohesive album with skits to tie everything together. In fact, the album itself almost feels like a movie with its presentation--similar to that of Kendrick Lamar's GKMC.

My only real gripe with the album is that many of the tracks contain similar elements to many other hip-hop artists, which takes away from the individuality of the album. Moving forward, Tory needs to continue on crafting his own sound to avoid being stuck in the shadow of other artists. That being said, I was extremely impressed with the album, as it met and even exceeded some of my expectations.

Overall, a hip-hop album with pop appeal. Tory shows his prowess for making hit records while also staying true to edgy, hard-hitting, and braggadocious raps. Whether its pop, rap, r&b or any mixture of the three, new and old fans alike will find something here to enjoy.

About Tory Lanez

Tory Lanez was one of the more versatile commercial artists to surface during the early 2010s. A songwriter and producer who flits between and fuses R&B and rap -- his vocals alternate between swift and rugged boasts and smooth and sensitive come-ons -- he made steady strides toward the mainstream with numerous mixtapes, guest appearances, and self-directed videos. He spent parts of his early life in Toronto, his birthplace, as well as in Montreal, Miami, Atlanta, and New York. Although he was known underground well before his 20th birthday, and was supported early on by Sean Kingston, he made some of his biggest moves in 2014. During that year, he was featured on "Me & My Bitch" -- a track off YG's Top Five album My Krazy Life -- and among his own tracks that circulated in 2014 was "The Mission," his first cut to hit Billboard's Twitter Emerging Artists chart. In July 2015, after he had signed an Interscope-affiliated deal with Benny Blanco's Mad Love label, he released "Say It," an R&B slow jam that sampled Brownstone's mid-'90s hit "If You Love Me" and peaked the following February at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. A handful of additional tracks, including the dancehall-flavored "Luv" -- his second Hot 100 placement -- led to his debut full-length, I Told You. Issued in August 2016, the album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200. "Luv" was later nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best R&B Song. Several singles, including the Future collaboration "Real Thing," followed during 2017 and early 2018 and led to his second album, MEMORIES DONT DIE. ~ Andy Kellman

HOMETOWN
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
BORN
July 27, 1992

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