Throughout his newly released and already much-criticized self-titled project, Daystar, Tory Lanez addresses the July 12 shooting incident that left Megan Thee Stallion injured in both her feet from gunshot wounds and the resulting aftermath that has played out in headlines and social media.
Although he has not been charged for shooting Megan, the Houston rapper alleged that it was Tory that pulled the trigger following an argument. On the night of the shooting, Tory was charged with carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle and later released on $35,000 bond.
On Daystar, Tory repeatedly suggests that he's innocent and is being "framed" for the shooting. On the project's first track "Money Over Fallouts," which opens with clips of people talking about the shooting, Tory raps, "Megan people trying to frame me for a shooting/But them boys ain't clean enough." Tory paints himself as the victim of lies, says he's being plotted against, and calls into question Megan's account of what occurred, asking, "How the fuck you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons?"
"Girl, you had the nerve to write that statement on that affidavit/Knowing I ain't do it but I'm coming at my truest [...] And I thought you was solid too, but look at how you doing me/Look at how you doing me, people trying to ruin me." He brings up his claim that he's being framed for a second time later on in the song, rapping, "N**gas, y'all can play me, y'all can frame me, but I'ma reach the top/I would never put you in no danger, and if I did, you would've said it when you seen the cops."
"Look How God Works" sees Tory rap: "Can't believe she played the witness tryna make them statements [...] Grace of God you know the truth, so I'm gon' beat them cases/I would never put my hands on a woman, dawg/I would never let it blem on a woman, dawg."
Although the project is dedicated to the incident and the fallout from it, Tory doesn't get into detail about what exactly occurred on the morning of July 12 in regards to the shooting of Megan. On "Sorry But I Had To...,", Tory offers up his reasoning for not offering more concrete details, rhyming, "You n**gas playin' Instagram, I'm playin' real life/Think I'm finna talk about a open case just for some likes?" Despite this, Tory questions how Megan knew it was him who shot her when he rapped, "Since the event, you never called me, but you can't deny me/If you got shot from behind, how can you identify me?" on "Sorry But I Had To...." He also denies shooting her on "In the Air," when he says, "Please don't listen to the rumors that they try alludin'/I've never hit no woman, why the fuck would I just do this?"
On "Queen And Slim," a likely reference to the Melina Matsoukas-directed 2019 film, Tory takes it back to earlier in the night of the shooting and brings up hanging with Megan and Kylie Jenner in Hollywood Hills prior to things going south. He also raps about having a "crush on Kylie," who he calls "heavenly."
"Me and Kylie still off in the pool/We was chilling, kicking shit, was cool/Both of us didn't know you was tripping/Even though I got a crush on Kylie, I woulda left with you if I knew you was dipping for the simple reason/You invited me but I can't act like shawty didn't excite me/I had took a wrong turn that-night...I wasn't the wrong one that night, you was just too drunk to even see it/Wasn't anticipating, I'd never put you in no situation/I've never even had an argument with ya/ Conversations, I'm all bargaining with ya, cause you was my n**ga for real/And if you can agree, then you owe me that."
tory lanez hasn’t missed since he started quarantine radio.. rn he chillin in the pool with kylie jenner and megan the stallion listening to pop smoke😭 pic.twitter.com/UYURkQz14r— video vault🤹♂️ (@kegangraves4) July 12, 2020
Tory also claims that he and Megan had a relationship that went beyond just being friends on "Money Over Fallouts."
"Don’t forget you was my bitch/I held it down and kept it real/I would never paint no fake picture of you just for some mills/And I thought you was solid too, but look at how you doin' me/Look at how you doin' me, people trying to ruin me/And what's even worse is I'm still thinkin' about you and me."
Despite the situation, Tory says he's open to a reconciliation with Megan. "Somehow I'm still down to renegotiate the unity/My heart is some foolery, this shit is just confusin' me," he raps on the opening track.
He also seemingly addresses his relationship with Megan, and how they bonded over both of them losing their mothers, on "Friends Become Strangers."
When does it get strange?/When you start lyin' to your best friend about us/And hopin' she ain't entertain?/Or is it strange when the lovin' come with secrets and the games/When the world unveil your curtains and all they laughin' at's your pain/But does it change when we both reveal that both our mothers died/We still dealin' with some pain and need someone to entertain/Or does it change when you break down in my arms and start cryin'/Feelin' like you alone and I tell you, "Everything's okay'. [...] Will we ever talk about this?/Will we ever console again?/Or will we keep on actin' like I put you in danger and some pain?"
#PressPlay: In the 17-track album #ToryLanez dropped, his ballad “Solar Drive @ Night” details a relationship in which he “fell in love too fast,” seemingly referring to #MeganTheeStallion. Solar Drive is a street in the Hollywood Hills
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On top of all that, Tory took time to call out the multiple people that have sided with Megan in the incident, such as Kehlani, Kaash Paige, and others. Last month, Kehlani explained why she was removing Tory from the deluxe edition of her album It Was Good Until It Wasn't.
"I got nothin' but love to spread, but n**gas hate me/Hurt my heart to see them Twitter fingers come from Kehlani's and Kaash Paige's," Tory raps on "Money Over Fallouts."
On "Bittersweet," Tory brings up Kehlani again, rapping, "Kehlani hops on the news like it was somethin' to prove/Like me and her wasn't cool when I been friends with you for six years."
I’ve worked with Tory an he for sure doesn’t respect women but okay lol , can’t say I was there an know what happened but I know for a fact the hidden agendas . https://t.co/ker7bDG9Uw— 𝐊𝐚𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐞𓁋 (@KAASHMYCHECKS) July 17, 2020
"Uh, watchin' the industry try and ho you/Asian Doll talkin', but shawty, I don't know you/I never met you, nor have I heard a song/And nor have I seen billboards," Tory raps on the song. He also takes shots at Lakers players J.R. Smith, who previously called Tory a "clown"
"Uh, J.R. Smith, it's the pot that piss'And you the last cat that should talk about some shots that hit/'Cause your performance and percentage, player/Rollin', ridin' benches, n**ga, I'm from the trenches, n**ga," Tory says on "Sorry But I Had To..."
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Outside of celebrities that have criticized Tory, the Chixtape artists went after people on social media that have blasted him and made fun of him with memes. He even calls attention to his height, which has been a running joke, on the track "Money Over Fallout," where he claims he's actually 5'7. "Oh, now I'm 5'3"?/N**gas sayin' I'm a shorty/But lil' bitch I'm 5'7", money on me side-steppin'."
Never forget Tory Lanez is the same height sitting down and standing up— Sam 🌎☄️💕 ® (@SamjaySJ) September 25, 2020