Tory Lanez gave reasons why he thinks himself and Tupac Shakur are comparable but insists he’s not trying to be him.
After his recent battle with Instagram over his live show, Quarantine Radio, Canadian rapper Tory Lanez is back. Appearing on an episode of For the Record, Tory Lanez speaks with host Rob Markmen about his music career.
On his latest mixtape, ‘The New Toronto 3‘, Tory Lanez has an interesting lyric choice on the song ‘Adidas’. On the song, the Ontario-born rapper raps; “I promise when I die, they celebrate me like I’m ‘Pac.” It was this lyric host Rob Markmen wanted Tory to elaborate on.
Taking time to think about the similarities between himself and Hip Hop icon Tupac Shakur, Tory explained his viewpoint. “I feel like honestly, and n****s is gon’ be like, ‘Yo, you’re bugging,’ but I feel like—remember when Pac was like, ‘I may not change the world, but I can spark the idea in the brain of the person who will?.” Continuing he said, “I feel like, deadass, like that ‘spark’, was me, my n***a. I feel like there’s a lot of similarities between me and Pac.”
However, he was eager to let people know that he’s not trying to be Tupac. Understanding that many artists in the past have said that they’re the new Tupac, Tory Lanez spoke of his dislike to rappers who do this.
“I hate when ns say that. I’m not trying to be him. I’m me, my n**a, but I do love Pac and I do feel like there were similarities in the fact that when you really think about it, I say whatever the f*ck I want to say. Ns hate me for that. Or they love me for it. I move how I want to move. I really punch your f*ckin; face off in real life. It’s been proven. This is a proven fact.”
With many layers of Tupac’s personality coming through in his music, Rob Markmen gave an example of ‘Pac’s duality. Using the polar opposite songs Keep Ya Head Up and Hit ‘Em Up, the host breaks down how they inspire totally different outcomes.
Furthermore, Tory says that he shows love to everyone and as a result, receives love back even more, in a similar way Tupac did.