Who Is Tory Lanez?
Daystar Shemuel Shua Peterson, professionally known as Tory Lanez, is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, and fashion designer.
Tory Lanez gained initial recognition after releasing the mixtape Conflicts of My Soul: The 416 Story in August 2013.
In 2016, Lanez released his debut studio album, I Told You. The album included the smash hits “Say It” and “Luv,” which peaked at the #23 and 19 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100, respectively. Lanez has since followed up with five more studio albums.
|Full Name:||Daystar Shemuel Shua Peterson|
|Popular Name:||Tory Lanez|
|Birth Date:||July 27, 1992|
|Parents:||Sonstar Peterson and Luella Peterson|
|Siblings:||Destiny Peterson (sister) and Sub Ali Isse (half-brother)|
|Birth Place:||Brampton, Ontario, Canada|
|Ethnicity:||Mixed (Dutch and Bajan)|
|Education:||Fletcher’s Meadow Secondary School, Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, and Everglades High School|
|Children:||Has a son named Kai, born of an unnamed woman|
|Net Worth:||USD 6 million (as of May 1, 2022)|
|Source of Wealth:||Music & Record Sales, Fashion Design, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 7″ (1.7 m)|
|Weight:||75 kg; In pounds: 165 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
Daystar Shemuel Shua Peterson was born on July 27, 1992, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, to Sonstar Peterson and Luella Peterson. Peterson began rapping in his childhood.
However, Daystar experienced a rather troubled childhood after his mother died. At the age of 15, he was already on his own.
Daystar quit school in the tenth grade, at the age of 16, so he could focus on rapping. He garnered local fame performing at outdoor concerts.
In 2009, Daystar, who had since adopted the stage name Tory Lanez, released the mixtape “T.L 2 T.O.” The mixtape was not exactly a commercial success. However, Lanez’ fortunes changed after a video of him freestyling piqued the interest of rapper Sean Kingston.
Kingston arranged a meeting with Lanez in early 2010. That year, Tory released four mixtapes. He began with “Playing for Keeps” and “Just Landed,” before releasing “One Verse One Hearse” and “Mr. 1 Verse Killah.”
In 2011, Tory Lanez signed with Sean Kingston’s record label, Time is Money Entertainment. The same year, Lanez released the mixtape “Chixtape.”
In 2012, Tory Lanez released the mixtape “Sincerely Tory.” The following year, he released what’s arguably his most successful mixtape to date, My Soul: The 416 Story.
In 2014, Tory Lanez released the mixtape “Lost Cause.” He then took a break from mixtapes to focus on his debut studio album, which was eventually released on August 19, 2016. The album was a tremendous success. It reached #1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart and #4 on the Billboard 200 chart. Two of the album’s most successful hits, “Say It” and “Luv,” were certified triple platinum and double platinum, respectively.
Lanez followed up with his second album, Memories Don’t Die, in 2018. The album topped the Canadian Albums Chart and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Tory has since released four more studio albums, namely Love Me Now? (2018), Chixtape 5 (2019), Daystar (2020), and Loner (2020).
Awards and Recognition
Tory Lanez has earned numerous award nominations, including a Grammy nomination in the category ‘Best R&B Song’ for the single “Luv” in 2017. He has also received several Juno Award nominations, as well as nominations for BET Awards and NAACP Image Awards.
• As of the time of writing, Lanez has won 4 Juno Awards under the following categories;
• ‘Rap Recording of the Year’ for the song “Shooters” in 2017
• ‘Rap Recording’ for the song “Love Me Now?” in 2019
• ‘Rap Recording’ for the song “Freaky” in 2019
• ‘Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year’ for the song “Feel It Too” in 2020
Tory Lanez’s Net Worth
As of May 1, 2022, Tory Lanez had a net worth of $6 million. Lanez’ earnings are almost entirely attributed to the music industry. In fact, Tory’s net worth could have been higher if it weren’t for his insatiable appetite for costly scandals.
In July 2020, Lanez reportedly shot fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion in her foot after a house party turned violent. Lanez was charged with three felony counts in October that year. He was also slapped with a protective order that prohibited him from contacting Megan or coming within 100 feet radius of the rapper. In August 2021, Tory violated the protective order against Megan and had his bail increased from $190,000 to $250,000.
Outside the music industry, Tory Lanez has also tried to establish himself as an astute fashion designer. Lanez is noted for founding the clothing company One Umbrella in 2014. The company was founded under the subsidiary Forever Umbrella. One Umbrella has since expanded to become a record label and management company. Some of the artists currently associated with the label include Mansa, Davo, Mariah the Scientist (Jointly with RCA Records), and VVS Ken.
Lessons from Tory Lanez
1. Sometimes it pays to be controversial
Tory Lanez has feuded with several celebrities, including Megan Thee Stallion, Drake, Joyner Lucas, and Jacquees. However, Lanez has managed to harness the negative publicity from these feuds to his advantage.
2. There’s no better sense of fulfilment than that of being your own boss
Lanez couldn’t conceal his happiness after founding his own clothing company turned record label, One Umbrella. In 2018, he wrote “I waited and calculated for 4 years to be my own boss. I own all my own masters, publishing, royalties etc. This may not mean nothing to y’all but seeing my record label at the bottom unattached to a major label is what we have worked this hard for”.
3. There’s no such thing as ‘bad luck’ in life
Tory Lanez owes his success in rapping to his troubled teen. It was during this difficult moment in his life that he decided to pursue rapping full-time.
Famous Quotes by Tory Lanez
I started singing to this one John Legend record; it was called ‘Each Day Gets Better,’ or something like that. I started to realize, ‘Wow, I really sound like this dude. If I keep doing this, maybe I can sound dope like John Legend and still rap.’
It’s not the fact that your single can sell. It’s the fact that you can sell hard tickets. People will spend money to see you.
My goals are set differently. I want to be the biggest artist in the world. I will be the biggest artist in the world.
If you try to be better every day, more miracles happen in your life.
I think people have to look at it from a certain view. I say things because, at the end of the day, I can say whatever I want.
Tory Lanez is a Canadian rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer, and music video director, all rolled into one. The rapper has also enjoyed moderate success as a fashion designer.
Lanez has earned a $6-million net worth from his various endeavors in and outside the music industry.