Tory Lanez has always been a semi-open book when it comes to discussing his past as a ghostwriter. In a 2014 interview with HNHH, Lanez tip-toed around admitting that he previously had a hand in writing records for August Alsina, Jeezy, Meek Mill (oh, the irony) and Travis Scott. At the time, his comments generated plenty of headlines across the blogosphere, but the 24-hour news cycle ran its course and the accusations have since been largely ignored.
Cut to today.
On Meek Mill's newly-released DC4, Lanez is a featured guest on "Litty." The song is undoubtedly a standout selection on the 14-track project, but the reason the record is a buzz on social media is that of the similarities between Tory's vocals and Travis Scott.
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In response to the countless number of tweets that accuse Lanez of biting Scott's vocals, Lanez took to Twitter to remind the world that, "I can't sound like somebody I wrote for..."
It is unclear when the Canadian rapper-singer-producer first put pen to paper on his record contract with Interscope—the announcement was made on July 31, 2015, but we all know about mindies—but given his increased profile over the past 15 months, thanks to the release of his debut album I Told You and two hit singles ("Say It" and "Luv"), his latest comments are sure to have legs longer than 24 hours.
Obviously, Lanez didn't name Scott in his tweet—why would he if the plan is to cash ghostwriting checks in the future?—but connecting the dots here isn't exactly rocket science. Sure, Tory could also be talking about Drake, whose music he has been accused of mimicking over the past year, but their six-year rivalry limits that possibility being a reality.
Before Travis Scott fans attack me on Twitter or send me hateful e-mails for giving Tory's tweet the time of day, here's something to consider: Since Travis is a disciple of Kanye West, who has long been known to work with writers and ghostwriters, this news shouldn't be at all surprising. However, Lanez' assumed insinuation that Travis Scott's sound has developed from his past writing is certainly a remarkable accusation.