The war of words between Toronto R&B-hip-hop artist Tory Lanez and Houston rap star Travis Scott almost turned into physical warfare according to a video that recently hit the internet.
In the video, both artists stand chest to chest in a heated exchange. The room appears to be filled with their respective entourages as someone films the altercation from an angle. There isn’t much context in the beginning of the video, but viewers can hear Tory’s voice loud and clear.
“Days before that, I tweeted and said, ‘My n***a, you a legend for making this song,’” Tory said. He had been referring to a tweet that dug up the hatchet between the men in 2016. The “Say It” artist responded to La Flame fans who accused him of jacking Travis’s flow for his assist on Meek Mill’s “Litty” record. Tory brought his defense to Twitter, responding to fans that he “can’t sound like somebody [he] wrote for….” in the now-deleted tweet.
A few seconds later in the video, the men are no longer visible in the camera, but Tory can still be heard defending himself for the tweet. He didn’t apologize for his words, but said that he was only responding to fans accusing him of sounding like La Flame. Travis still sounds ticked off about it, and Tory eventually asks everyone in the room to leave so that they can “shoot the fade.” After all, he says, he doesn’t appreciate how Travis handled the situation by coming at him so aggressively.
The video cuts off soon afterward. However, we’re happy to learn from Tory’s “Hate to Say” track of his newly-released Memories Don’t Die sophomore album that things never actually got physical.
“Me and Travis Scott almost fought at the Mala Luna/ We both agreed shortly after that it was music,” he says on the track. “We possibly could be doin’ that’s bigger than tryna ruin it/ So my apologies, n***a, just forgive me for doin’ it.”
According to Genius, Tory explained the lines and said that the men had a disagreement over something, but doesn’t specify the exact details. He said that they almost fought, but it never happened. In hindsight, Tory realized that he “egged on the fight a little too much,” and was actually apologizing to the “Goosebumps” emcee for that. Thankfully, they both were able to patch things up with no violence, Tory said, and decided to work together later on in the future.
Grown man tings, for sure.
See the altercation referenced on “Hate to Say” below.
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