Tory Lanez gave his thoughts on the current state of the rap industry.
The Chixtape 5 artist stopped by Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning on Tuesday (Nov. 19) to discuss the behind the scenes of his latest project and other opinions surrounding music. The Canadian-bred artist believes that his style of music was needed in a time where rap sounds redundant. Lanez’s nostalgic mixtape flow has turned into a master mix album inspired by the early 2000s.
However, when looking at the rap genre, he says that it is in a “horrible place.”
“What’s the best rap song we’ve heard right now?” the 27-year-old asks Ebro and his team. Failing to come to a conclusion as the current No. 1 rap hit, Lanez jumps back in to share his feelings. “I just feel like rap has gotten to a repetitive place,” he said before continuing. “There’s this one sound. That just sounds like it’s out of an automated box.”
He announced what he believes is the modern recipe to a rap track: “[They] put a bunch of auto-tune on it, hood n*gga beat, hood n*gga song, [then] it’s good to go."
Nominated for Best International Flow at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards, he says that “when everybody starts to sound the same and all of our music starts and I keep hearing the same drum and the same kick and the same snare and the same high hats and the same patterns, it gets to a point where I start saying, ‘This sh*t is in a bad place right now.’"
Giving credit to Young Thug for being a major influence to nearly 75 percent of the current rap style, Lanez noted that he has been influenced by Thugger. He also explained that every artist has found their peers' work stimulating and has later used that inspiration to go on and make their own records.
Watch the full Hot 97 interview below.
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