Tory Lanez explains it all
On March 13, a video was posted to WorldStarHipHop that showed rappers Tory Lanez and Travis Scott in a heated argument. Although the camerawork is shoddy, Torey Lanez and Travis Scott can be seen going back and forth in close quarters, with Lanez attempting to clear out the room for a one-on-one fight at a climatic moment in the clip.
The footage was allegedly recorded at the 2016 Mala Luna festival in San Antonio, Texas in what seems to be an artists’ trailer. The argument was apparently related to a situation in which Tory Lanez was accused of jacking Travis’ flow for his feature on Meek Mill’s track, “Litty”. Defending himself by posting a now-deleted tweet, Lanez claimed that he “can’t sound like somebody [he] wrote for…”, implying that he had written lyrics for Travis Scott.
The footage that was released is an event that Lanez references in his new album Memories Don’t Die on the track “Hate To Say”. The lyrics reference the event explicitly, saying “Me and Travis Scott almost fought at the Mala Luna/We both agreed shortly after that it was music/We possibly could be doin’ that’s bigger than tryna ruin it/So my apologies, nigga, just forgive me for doin’ it”. Lanez commented on those particular bars on the song’s Genius page:
”I’m not gonna go too far into it, but pretty much we had a disagreement over something. And, at one point, we was at the same festival, and we was about to scrap over some shit. Some shit happened, and I think I egged on the fight a little too much, that’s about it. So I was just saying my apologies for egging on the fight. ‘Cause at the end of the day, it’s not like we ended up scrapping. We sat there, and we talked about what you felt, and whatever I felt, and we was like, “Yo, we should be working with each other.”
In an interview with HotNewHipHop posted in early March, Lanez is asked about his altercation with Travis Scott, to which he partially blames HotNewHipHop for causing. He explains that there had been a song that Travis Scott had done the hook for, and notes that Travis was most likely unaware that Lanez had written the hook he did. Lanez implies that news outlets picked up the information that he had written the hook, and put the spin on the story that he was a ghostwriter for Travis Scott.
Then, when Meek’s “Litty” track dropped, Lanez says that people started saying he sounded like Scott on the track, while more comments had been made about him sounding like other artists, such as Fetty Wap, on his album. This is when Lanez said that he can’t sound like anyone he wrote for.
When discussing how it all went down at Mala Luna, Lanez mentions how his adrenaline had been through the roof at the time the video was recorded, because he had just finish his performance. According to Lanez, Travis came in the trailer and wanted to talk to Lanez outside. Lanez felt like Travis was being disrespectful, so he didn’t, and instead told someone in Travis’ crew to bring him back inside.
Lanez says they discussed his infamous tweet, but notes that the tweet wasn’t intended to single out Scott. Still, Lanez expressed remorse for trying to fight Scott, explaining that in retrospect, he doesn’t believe that Scott came looking for a fight. He also states that he’s a fan of Travis Scott’s music, which only added to the remorse. His lyrics on “Hate To Say” function as an apology for escalating the situation.
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