Tory Lanez Clarifies Drake Rivalry: “We Can’t Share First Place”

But it’s not beef, the rapper told Hot 97.

June 27, 2016

Much has been made of the perceived feud between Drake and Tory Lanez, which exploded with some perceived shots taken by the former on "Summer 16." But as the "Luv" rapper explained to Hot 97 this morning, it's all just healthy competition.

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"People have this palette about hip-hop like hip-hop is not a contact sport," he said. "At the end of the day, there's never going to be a personal problem, 'cause I don't know that man... The only thing that's going to lie in between us is that we can't share first place, and I'm the only guy bold enough to really come and take that right now." Lanez also said he was a fan of Drake's music at one point, "but doesn't mean I'm not here to take that crown."

Lanez also distanced himself from the implication that "Luv" was capitalizing on the mainstream resurgence of dancehall, a sound Lanez says he's been working with his whole career: "This is something that I was personally doing for a long time... I had a mixtape called Swavey and I did a song with Justin Bieber. Probably the worst song I ever did."

As for artists in "The New Toronto," Lanez named Jazz Cartier as "a genuine person" to pay attention to, and discussed his hometown and future charitable pursuits. "Toronto is this whole other city that people don't understand. People don't understand the griminess of Toronto. It's the screwface capital... For me, 'The New Toronto' gives everybody a hope... I wanna do things like charity events and open up rec centers."

The FADER has reached out to Drake's team for comment. Watch the full interview above and read our brief history of Drake and Tory Lanez here.

Tory Lanez Clarifies Drake Rivalry: “We Can’t Share First Place”