Tory Lanez was born on July 27, 1992, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The family was based in Montreal, before moving to Miami, Florida. Daystar was known to practice and refine his rapping skills throughout his childhood, before tragically finding out that his mother had died due to a rare disease. Following his mother’s death, his father began working as an ordained minister and missionary, causing them both to move frequently throughout the United States. Daystar’s father later remarried and the family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Daystar met his friend Hakeem, who at the time was a janitor. Daystar’s nickname “Lanez” was given to him by Hakeem, as a comment on Daystar’s thrill seeking tendencies, that sometimes saw him mucking around in the street, not looking for traffic and playing in the lanes.
In 2006, he was sent to live with older brother, Orane Forrest, in Jamaica, Queens, New York, because of his behavior issues. Daystar then was forced to return to Toronto with his grandmother. Since she refused to take care of him, he was on his own at the age of 15. “I ended up moving downtown with these three dudes that I didn’t really know. I came into the house and I didn’t realize how things worked. From like fifteen to eighteen, I was just fighting them. It was every man for himself. That’s what made me a man, having to fend for myself and being in a situation where there is no dad, no grandma and no mom to help you. It changed the person that I am today”, he says. He then once again started rapping, before giving himself a nickname, Notorious (which is a reference to the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., whom he idolized), and adopted into his new moniker “Tory Lanez”. At the age of 16, Daystar dropped out of the tenth grade, and he would begin performing songs at the outdoor concerts. At the age of 17, Daystar began singing, which he found an interest in. However, he had never received any vocal training. Daystar also goes by the name Argentina Fargo.
In 2009, Tory Lanez released his debut mixtape, T.L 2 T.O. While Lanez lived in South Florida, he began directing some of his music videos, and posted them on his YouTube channel. Sean Kingston was the first to see a video of Lanez freestyling over Lloyd Banks’ “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley,” and seemed really interested in his singing skills. In February 2010, Kingston contacted Lanez, telling him to meet up with him, during Justin Bieber’s tour and later got him to perform on there live. In 2010, Lanez released the mixtapes, Just Landed, One Verse One Hearse, Playing for Keeps and Mr. 1 Verse Killah. In 2011, Lanez signed a record deal with Kingston’s Time is Money Entertainment and released the mixtapes, Mr. Peterson, Chixtape, and Swavey. He later left the label to be an independent artist. In 2012, Tory Lanez released the mixtape, Sincerely Tory, Conflicts of My Soul: The 416 Story in 2013, and Chixtape II in 2014. In April 2014, Tory released two episodes of the “Public Swave Announcement”, of behind the scenes of the “These Things Happen Tour” with G-Eazy and Rockie Fresh. On June 2, 2014, Peterson released the song, “Teyana”, as a tribute to singer Teyana Taylor. Taylor responded with the track, “Dreams of Fuckin’ an R&B Bitch”.
After releasing a bunch of songs from the series, he released a song called, “The Mission” to celebrate his tour announcement on August 14, 2014. Peterson kicked off his first headlining tour, the “Lost Cause Tour”, in conjunction with the mixtape, Lost Cause. The mixtape was supposed to be released on September 29, 2014, but got pushed back to October 1. In an interview, Tory Lanez claimed he has ghost written songs for Akon, Travis Scott, August Alsina, Meek Mill, and T.I. On February 27, 2015, Tory Lanez revealed that he was going to release an collaboration EP with the WeDidIt Records producers on April 6. On April 3, 2015, Tory released the single titled “In For It” for his upcoming EP. On May 8, 2015, Peterson released another song, titled “Ric Flair” featuring Rory Trustory. On May 22, 2015, he released the second single for the EP, titled “Acting Like”.On June 19, 2015, Tory announced that the EP would be called, Cruel Intentions and released on June 26, 2015. That same day the single, “Karrueche” was released.
On July 31, 2015, Tory Lanez released the first single off his debut album, titled “Say It”. It was also revealed that he signed to Benny Blanco’s Mad Love Records and Interscope Records. On September 18, 2015, Lanez released the single, “B.L.O.W.”. December 25, 2015, Lanez released the two mixtapes, Chixtape III and The New Toronto. On January 18, 2016, “LA Confidential” was released as the second single for the album. On January 28, 2016, Tory Lanez made a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! by performing “Say It”. A month later, Lanez released a remix of MadeinTYO’s “Uber Everywhere”. On March 4, 2016, Lanez released the song, “Tim Duncan” as apart of his Fargo Fridays series. He released the song, “Real Addresses” the next week.
On April 1, 2016, ASAP Ferg and Tory Lanez announced “The Level Up Tour”. On April 5, 2016, it was revealed that Tory Lanez would perform at Summer Jam and Pemberton Music Festival in the summer of 2016. On April 8, 2016, Tory Lanez and ASAP Ferg collaborated on the song, “Line Up the Flex” to promote their “Level Up” tour. On April 18, Tory Lanez refused to be on the 2016 XXL Freshmen cover because he felt he was in a higher league musically than the other artists being considered. On May 6, 2016, Lanez released two songs, “For Real” and “Unforgetful” as apart of the Fargo Friday series. On June 10, 2016, Lanez released the official second single “Luv” on iTunes. He also revealed that his album title would be I Told You. On July 5th, Lanez released two remixes for Drake’s “Controlla” and DJ Khaled’s “I Got the Keys”. On July 20th, Lanez announced the I Told You tour to promote the album.