After taking to social media to say he had "time today," many thought that Tory would head to IG Live to possibly apologize to Megan or tell his side of the story. Instead, he dropped a full-length project.
To my fans ... I’m sorry for my silence .... but respectfully .. I got time today ...... 9 PM PST .— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) September 24, 2020
....... So Tory Lanez basically dropped music instead of owning up to shooting Meg in the foot ?— 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐚 𝐁𝐮𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 👑 (@WestIndianBae) September 25, 2020
Ain't no way ... Ain't no fuckin way.
Daystar, a 17-track self-titled tape, sees Tory addresses the incident, in which he was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, multiple times throughout the project. Megan was shot two times in her feet on the same night. After much speculation about who pulled the trigger, Megan took to IG and alleged that it was Tory who shot her. "Yes, this n**ga Tory shot me. You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people to these blogs lying and shitt, stop lying!"
FUCK Tory Lanez bro. I pray that Megan’s mental health is okay. She’s been through so much. pic.twitter.com/8Uy5hvxYPZ— ACAB (@saraaidk) August 21, 2020
Although the LAPD is investigating what went down, Tory has yet to be charged in the shooting. On Daystar, Tory claims that he's innocent, and on "Money Over Fallouts," raps, "Megan people trying to frame me for a shooting But them boys ain't clean enough." Elsewhere on the track, Tory raps, "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 expresses being hurt by Kehlani's response. "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 continued on the track.
On "Sorry But I Had To...," Tory raps, "And though I'm innocent, they got this picture painted heavily." Later on in the track he says, "You n**gas playin' Instagram, I'm playin' real life Think I'm finna talk about a open case just for some likes?"
The release of Daystar was met with swift backlash online with many slamming the Canadian rapper for using Megan's shooting to promote new music and others calling for people not to stream the project. Some also pointed out that the timing of the release couldn't be worse as much of the country is angered by a grand jury's recent decision not to charge police officers in the murder of Breonna Taylor.
You can check out some reactions to Tory dropping Daystar in the aftermath of the shooting below.
This nigga, the day after the Breonna Taylor announcement, decided to use him shooting a Black woman as album promo. Tory Lanez it’s on sight when I catch your pint sized, Children’s Place wearing, Canadian ass.— ShaPlant Mom (@shaTIRED) September 25, 2020
Tory Lanez distracting everybody with a song rather than apologizing pic.twitter.com/J5WH3jAz9f— Ryan Warne (@thouartvandelay) September 25, 2020
this new tory tape pic.twitter.com/MFiB1eTymh— UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (@pattymillsx) September 25, 2020
Tory Lanez really think we gone stream an album to hear what he got to say about the situation ... girl go to hell hobbit pic.twitter.com/aLy3diXis4— Davey (@BWET_1991) September 25, 2020
i really thought that short man called Tory Lanez was going to take responsibility for what he did to Megan and apologize... pic.twitter.com/2FmrJWd9k6— c (@chuuzus) September 25, 2020
Tory Lanez: drops an album and uses his situation with Megan Thee Stallion to promote it.— Force Gang (@ForceGangMusic) September 25, 2020
Sooooooo Tory really just dropped a 17 SONG ALBUM........I......excuse me?— RICK (@lifeofrickey) September 25, 2020
tory lanez rlly shot a black woman and used the attention to drop an album...........— redveil (@redveil) September 25, 2020
me waiting for somebody to post the lyrics to Tory’s new song bc I ain’t streaming SHIT 😂 pic.twitter.com/mlDUm1B0U7— wow steff actually (@steffanymoneque) September 25, 2020
The TL tomorrow when 1st shift twitter wakes up to this tory lanez album pic.twitter.com/SOKFY6hJmj— ✈️ (@713kellz) September 25, 2020
TORY LANEZ REALLY USED THE MEGAN SITUATION TO PROMOTE HIS NEW ALBUM— SHREK KNOWS RAP (@SHREKRAP) September 25, 2020
SHREK IS SICK 🤬 pic.twitter.com/ZV2eBHq9j3
So Tory Lanez is saying that Megan’s people framed him AND that he’s still in love with her and wants her back???? pic.twitter.com/6EmfJSHfuj— sar (@scorpiobabysar) September 25, 2020
tory using megan’s trauma to sell music,, y’all better not click on that damn album and fall for it pic.twitter.com/THTKNwg5Ul— val☆⁷ (@NEGR0SWAN) September 25, 2020