Tory Lanez (born July 27, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario; real name Daystar Peterson) is a Canadian rapper and singer. He first gained major notoriety for his mixtape Lost Cause (2014) and the singles Say It and Luv, which reached #23 and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Daystar Peterson was born on July 27, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. His father, Sonstar Peterson is from Barbados, his mother Luella Peterson is from the Caribbean island of Curaçao, but died early due to a rare disease. The family lived in Montreal for a time, but later moved to Miami, Florida. After the mother’s death, the father began working as a minister and missionary, which led to them moving often within the United States. Later, the father married another woman and moved to Atlanta, Georgia. The nickname Lanez was given to him by his friend and janitor Hakeem, whom he met through the move.
While in school, Daystar worked and honed his musical performance. In 2006, he was sent to live with his older brother because of disrespectful behavior. Later, Daystar moved back to his native Toronto with his grandmother. However, she refused to take responsibility for him, which led to him often being alone at the age of 15. “I was with these three guys I didn’t really know. I came into the house not really understanding how everything was going. From 15 to about 18, I was struggling. It was every man for himself. That was what made me a man – fending for myself and being in a situation where there was no father, no grandmother, no mother. It changed the person I am today,” Daystar said. At the age of 16, he was kicked out of school. After getting out of school, he played songs at outdoor concerts. At 16, he began singing and found interest in it, but never had singing lessons. Daystar was inspired by artists such as Brandy Norwood and R. Kelly.
On August 19, 2016, his debut album I Told You was released. On Instagram, Lanez announced in January 2018 that his second studio album, Memories Don’t Die, would be released on March 2. Previously, he released singles such as Shooters and Real Thing.