(AllHipHop News) When Drake rapped “All you boys in the new Toronto want to be me a little” on “Summer Sixteen,” many listeners concluded the line was directed at The New Toronto mixtape creator Tory Lanez.
The two Canadians have seemed to be involved in a subliminal war of words dating back several months. It appeared Lanez was adding to the feud by trolling Drake with a remix to the OVO leader’s “Controlla.”
That led to Drizzy changing the lyrics to “Summer Sixteen” to “All you boys doing fake ‘Controllas’ wanna be me a little” during an Austin tour stop in July.
So what was Tory’s intention when he released his own rendition of Drake’s radio smash? The rapper-singer stopped by Sway In The Morning, and he was asked about the “Controlla” controversy.
“I just like the song. That’s all it was. I’m not a hater,” replied Lanez. “We like you. We just want to be #1. Is there a problem with that? Can I be the best? Can y’all watch me be great? Will y’all allow me to do that? That’s all it is. Damn.”
He added, “I was just trying to hop on somebody’s beat. I’ve been hopping on everybody’s beat. If you go back to my discography of music, there’s a wide part of it that’s just freestyles, just me ripping people’s beat.”
Lanez went on to offer that his approach to remixing other act’s songs is similar to Dancehall artists recording over the same riddim. Last year, Drake gave a similar explanation to why his “Hotline Bling” was so similar to D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha.”
Tory Lanez’s debut studio album I Told You is scheduled for release on August 19. The LP’s tracklist includes the singles “Say It” and “Luv.”
Watch Tory Lanez’s interview below.