[Album Review] “Daystar” by Tory Lanez

It’s a shame that the controversy and Tory Lanez’ toxicity as a human being will unquestionably be the most talked-about thing about Daystar as it is far and away the most listenable Tory Lanez album.

It’s a shame that the controversy and Tory Lanez’ toxicity as a human being will unquestionably be the most talked-about thing about Daystar as it is far and away the most listenable Tory Lanez album.

Tory Lanez is a Canadian rapper whose career began back in 2009. Since then, Tory Lanez has been consistently releasing albums and mixtapes and has remained a recognizable face in the music scene. During some time in July of 2020, Tory got caught up in a chain of controversial events where he was accused of shooting rapper Megan Thee Stallion. “Daystar” is his fifth album which was released as a response to those accusations and it was released on September 25, 2020.

Track List :

  1. Money Over Fallouts
  2. A Woman
  3. Friends Become Strangers
  4. Sorry But I Had To..
  5. A Poem from Me 2 You
  6. The Most High
  7. Look How GOD Works
  8. Queen And Slim
  9. What’s Kulture?
  10. Solar Drive @ Night
  11. Bittersweet
  12. Things I Should of Said
  13. Just Got It Done
  14. Jokes On Me
  15. Care For You
  16. In the Air
  17. Life

Now, Tory Lanez was never really known for his artistry, most of his music finds him staying in the lane of generic RnB that doesn’t really set him apart musically. But in some rare cases, Tory has proven himself to be actually a very capable rapper and lyricist. For example, the song “Pieces” from his 2018-album “Memories Don’t Die” is a heart-wrenching storytelling song where Tory showcases his skills as writer, and he also does a pretty solid job at free-styling. So given those rare occasions where Tory showed potential as an actual artist, I’ve been hoping for that style of music to come up in his albums and it pains me to say that it took him physically harming and shooting a woman and having to lie his way through the situation for that to finally happen.

The intro like a handful of other songs on this album is actually quite solid, at least from a technical point of view that is. Great beat, passionate performance from Tory. His delivery on this thing is raw and genuine even if his lyrics are the polar opposite of that. The track that follows, “A Woman” however is another dime-a-dozen, regular Tory Lanez song with his trademark breathy vocals and moany singing, not a lot of redeemable qualities to it. “Sorry But I Had To” is Tory’s unapologetic, brutal response towards the negativity he’s been receiving during the past couple of months. Tory sounds mean and determined on this track and he even drops some quotable lines on the song, I’ve been wishing for Tory Lanez to show this level of grit and passion on a song for a long time now. However, when it comes to actually addressing the situation he’s in, Tory doesn’t do anything to clear his name or stand his ground. Nothing he says reassures his fans or any of the listeners. Truthfully, Tory is just gish-galloping with all the name-drops and irrelevant braggadocio on the track.

“The Most High” is a decent, hyped-up song. The horns on the instrumentals sound awesome, if it wasn’t for Tory Lanez so blatantly wearing his Meek Mill influences on his sleeve, this track would have been pretty great. The following track, “Look How GOD Works” is perhaps my favorite song on the album. This song is one of the rare moments where Tory’s high-pitched, falsetto vocals actually sounded emotive and moving. The lyrics on this track are introspective and poignant, too.

For the remainder of the album though, Tory backs himself into a corner both vocally and lyrically, the third act of the record is extremely repetitive. All of the songs just sound like B-sides save for the song “Just Got It Done”. The hook is very catchy and it segues into the verses seamlessly. But that’s about it, other than that, the last leg of the album is quite weak and drab. All in all, Daystar is a step in the right direction for Tory musically. Granted, the album is still massively flawed in terms of pacing and consistency but using more of his grittier flows and rapping styles was a right decision that has been long overdue. Considering the current position Tory Lanez is in and how little he is doing to defend himself or make himself look better, it’s hard to predict what the future has in store for him. But when the dust settles and by some miracle, Tory Lanez is proven innocent and to have been saying the truth all along, I’d be more than willing to welcome him back with open arms.

Rating : C+

Daystar contains tracks written by Tory Lanez and Yoko Gold and production by Arcade City Beats, Basscharity, BruceM8, Chaz Jackson, Dez Wright, Foreign Teck, Haze (Producer), IanoBeatz, LNKmusic, Michael Sebastian Romero, Mike The Producer, Orlando tha Great, OthelloBeats, Ski (Producer), Smash David, Stoopid Lou, Tenroc, Unicorn Waves, Wallis Lane, and Dashawn “Happie” White. It is now available for digital streaming.

3 thoughts on “[Album Review] “Daystar” by Tory Lanez

  1. If you are going to review the album, you should at least be paying attention to the lyrics.

    Saying he hasn’t done anything to explain himself is justified a few times by his mention of the open case and he isn’t allowed to speak in public about it, as per the request of his lawyers. Lines mentioning he wont post on social media to get likes when he has an open case and it wouldn’t be the smart thing to do, but he makes it fairly obvious that from his POV, he says he is being falsely accused and he is fine with the hate until the truth gets out (I imagine by the time of his court date). Not that I believe him or not, but your review seems oddly biased around this point, making it more about taking a side on the controversy surrounding him than an actual review of the album.

    So for a simple review of it, forgetting for a second his charges / whatever controversies he has gong on, it is overall not his best body of work but some great songs in there. In the Air is a good one, probably my favorite, followed by Bittersweet and the intro.

    You can’t really expect a rushed album with him touching on his accusations on almost every track to follow a coherent structure. To me this is more of a mixtape than an album because of that. With some polishing, reworking the structure of the album as a whole, getting a couple of features and removing some tracks, this could have had a lot more potential. But the trade-off was a passionate Tory, rapping to get his voice heard in the mix of all the controversy around his name.

  2. Stop it this is bs bias review. When you all let truth prevail instead of a clout god. I’m not even a fan and know that this album brilliant!

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