This Friday, March 2, Canadian rapper-singer Tory Lanez will unleash his sophomore album, MEMORIES DON'T DIE, the follow-up to his 2016 debut, I Told You.
In anticipation of the album's release, Lanez participated in a Reddit AMA on Wednesday, fielding questions from fans and trolls alike about working with Drake ("da ting" is coming), his impression of Young Thug (he's dope) and the possibility of future collaborations with The Weeknd's XO roster (NAV is on the new album).
By and large, Lanez' replies were an exercise in brevity, but he made this approach count when he was asked by one Redditor about his live performance game.
Redditor: What do you attribute your high energy live show/concert style to?
Tory: i am the greatest lie [sic] show performer period. no nigga in urban music can see me live ... IDGAF
No, that is not a misprint (well, aside from the misspelling). Tory Lanez indeed believes he's not only better than all of his hip-hop and R&B contemporaries when it comes to his stage game, but that he's currently the single greatest live performer in music, period. Clearly, what Lanez lacks in height (he's a reported 5'5") he's making up for in humongous balls.
But here's the thing: His claim isn't that crazy—at least as it pertains to contemporary hip-hop and R&B artists. Aside from Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar, both of whom have notably dynamic, high-energy performance skills, and The Roots, whose live game has been on 11 for over two decades, Lanez is undeniably one of the best live performers in hip-hop today.
For those of you reading that last paragraph, violently shaking your head no, you might just change your mind if you ever choose to see Tory Lanez live. If that option isn't of interest to you, however, there's always YouTube.