Drizzy uses a phrase that sounds suspiciously similar to Tory’s given name.
Drake and Tory Lanez have a history of tension that’s far from resolved, so it comes as no surprise that a few bars on Drizzy’s new More Life release may have been dedicated to his Toronto rival. As Genius points out, it appears that Drake found a sneaky way to call Lanez out by name with a bit of wordplay. “You overnight celebrity, you one-day star,” he raps on closing track “Do Not Disturb.” While at first glance the line seems vague, closing the bar with “day star” reads curious given the similarity to Tory’s government name — Daystar Petersen.
You overnight celebrity you one day star
I swear I told you I’m in this bitch for eternity
I am a reflection of all of your insecurities
Behind closed doors a lot of 6 God worshipping
Done talk now ‘cause there’s other shit that concerning me
If it is Lanez that’s being referred to here, it seems that Drake is criticizing the rapper and singer for studying his moves “behind closed doors,” as well as enforcing that he won’t be challenged for his spot, rapping: “I swear I told you I’m in this bit
ch for eternity.” This could be a reference to Tory’s suggestion that he and Drake “can’t share first place.”
In a Hot 97 interview last June, Tory explained his competitive relationship with Drake. “There’s never been a personal problem cause I don’t know that man,” he said. “It’s just one of those situations where, the only thing that’s ever gunna lie in between us is that we can’t share first place. And I’m the only guy that’s bold enough to come and really take that right now.”
A month later, Drake seemed to reference Tory’s decision to remix his song “Controlla,” changing a lyric (which was already suspected to be directed at Lanez” in “Summer Sixteen” on his tour of the same name. “All you boys doing fake ‘Controlla’s wanna be me a little,” he rapped.
Drake’s 22-track project More Life is available for stream across all platforms. It features guest appearances from Kanye West, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, and more.