Putting the L in Lanez
Tory Lanez just dropped his second album, Memories Don’t Die, last Friday, and it features some pretty big names: 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Nav, and Future are all artists that made the cut. However, another big name who was planned to have a verse on the album pulled their verse, and it looks like Tory Lanez himself is responsible for the omission.
The artist? Nicki Minaj. The cause? Tory Lanez talking reckless over text message. Tory Lanez divulged the information on a recent VladTV interview where he discusses his new album at length for nearly 30 minutes. Among the topics he touches on is how the conversation between him and Nicki went down.
He starts his explanation of the friction by saying that he was “telling her something about the verse” she had on his track shooters. Before he goes further, Lanez makes it known that he felt her verse was incredible and that he’s a “super-Nicki fan”. He went on to claim that the text he sent to her about her verse may have been received differently than it was meant. He continues his explanation as the interview goes on:
”I think it maybe kinda came off a little bit arrogant, or I kinda said something I shouldn’t have said about her verse, and she was like, “well, n*gga, it’s not that serious, take my verse off the thing.’ We was like, aight. I love Nicki Minaj when it comes down to her music and the whole thing, but I’m not a reacher. Once a n*gga says it’s quiet, it’s quiet…Maybe in the future when the time is right, we’ll do something that’s right, that we both feel comfortable with.”
With Nicki Minaj staying silent on the issue as far as social media goes, the public will have to make do with just Tory Lanez’ side. From a business standpoint, it’d be incredibly unwise to go up against one of, if not the most prominent female artist in hip-hop in the public sphere… Unless you want smoke, of course. Strictly gauging the two off of social media followings, Nicki has nearly 20M more followers than Tory’s 1 million, and the disparity is even more great on Instagram: Nicki has nearly 86M followers on the app, while Lanez has 2.3M.
With that considered, it wouldn’t be surprising if Tory Lanez was trying to backpedal on his potentially harsh words with Nicki in an attempt to salvage any potential business relationship from their fallout. With her massive industry appeal, it must have made at least a small dent in Tory’s potential profits when Nicki decided to pull her verse from his album.
Reference on the Album
Lanez even made a reference to the situation with Nicki on the album’s track “Don’t Die”. While it’s a quick line that would be easy to miss the meaning of, the reference is put plainly: “I may have f**ked it up with Nicki right before this album.” He is asked about the line in a March 1 interview with Two Bees TV, where he explains his conflict with Nicki similarly to the way he described it on VladTV. He also doesn’t forget to heap praise on the female MC in this interview, either.
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