[Review] Tory Lanez releases his new classic rap album Sorry 4 What


Tribune News Service

Tory Lanez during the arrivals at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Ava Jurick, Writer

After releasing his 80s-inspired album Alone At Prom in 2021, Tory Lanez, a Canadian rapper, singer and songwriter, released a pure rap album on Sept. 30, 2022 titled “Sorry 4 What.” He was first recognized from the mix tape “Conflicts of my Soul: The 416 Story” which was essentially the beginning of his career and is now signed to Benny Blanco’s, a platinum recording artist, record label, Mad Love Records.

Lanez’s new album was released on all streaming platforms, including Spotfiy and Apple Music. His new album was promoted by Lanez personal tweets where he posted clips of his unreleased songs. Modern-day rappers usually promote albums and new releases by posting on their personal social media accounts, such as Tory Lanez did.

Lanez dropped the lead single, “Why Did I,” on Friday, Sept. 23 which was a hint that his album was coming next. Based on the sound and lyrics of the new songs, it was clear that he was steering away from the 80’s and returning to some hard-core rap.

“The album is so different from Alone At Prom, yet it sounds just as good. Each song goes with the one that comes after,” senior Josh Gordon said.

The album includes 20 different tracks, totaling to an hour and fifteen minutes of playing time. It features a combination of R&B and rap, along with featured artists including A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Yoko Gold.

Lanez’s album has already hit number one on Apple Music’s Hip-Hop/Rap chart. The album has also received positive affirmations from celebrities such as Lebron James. James posted on his Instagram story to say “FACTS!!!! He never misses. That boy talented as hell man! Bangers for days!!”

The majority of the songs discuss shallow relationships and scandals. For example, the song “Not Tricking// Black Keys” is a song that discusses how he cannot stay in a relationship for long periods of time. I would consider it a top three song but there are other tracks that go deeper into his personal life.

Lanez stepped out of his comfort zone with “Alone At Prom”, his previous album, but went back to his roots with Sorry 4 What. Lanez catered to his fans who gave criticism to return back to rap music since that is what he has always released excluding “Alone At Prom.” The songs constantly shift from Lanez singing to rapping and vice versa.

“Sorry 4 What is amazing. I loved how every song had similar beats, it was like the whole album told a story,” senior Julia Kayser said.

Agreeably, the songs in “Sorry 4 What” all sound quite similar. The whole album shifts smoothly from one song to the next. Beginning with “Sorry 4 What?// LV BELT” and ending with”The Vent”, the songs all flow extremely well to the point where you cannot tell when a song ends and a new one begins.

Sorry 4 What was a surprise album that checked all the boxes. The melodies and bars were exactly what was expected from Lanez. Tracks such as Role Call are predicted to become extremely popular and played often. His last album was not necessarily a radio album, but Sorry 4 What should be streamed on all of the rap radio stations.

While Alone At Prom will always be a favorite Tory Lanez album, Sorry 4 What provided the music that his audience wanted to hear. Lanez delivered with 20 tracks that can be played at any time of the day.