Tory Lanez Finds His Groove Down South, Prepares New Mixtape

The video for your new single “Know What’s Up” is awesome.
It’s a dope ass video. There’s naked white chicks in it. We basically googled “Houston Mansion,” and we found the biggest house in Houston. So we rented it out, but we didn’t have a lot of time to shoot it. It was actually done in three hours. We were trying to shoot a lot, but with all the cameos…Shout out to Bun B, shout out to Slim Thug for coming through and showing love. But we had to just do it as quick as possible. Tyler Yee directed it. He’s a sick director. I met him when I was on this G-Eazy tour. I didn’t even see any of his videos, I just knew he was nice.

We rented the place for like five hours, but you gotta realize this is a place where you’re going in and there’s mad Roman architecture on the wall. [Laughs] The lady who owns it got all the pieces in her house from an Argentinian coliseum, so her shit is sculpted in the wall. There’s golden trim and crazy things everywhere, and then you got us just coming in. You got Kirko and Slim Thug, who’s bringing their posse. Then you got models walking around in bikinis and lingerie.

Shout out to the Borrego twins. They’re these two twin model chicks from Texas. They’re really dope, and they’re good homies of mine. Chloe…there’s this girl from Houston who’s the blonde chick on the couch that’s naked. [Laughs] She’s cool. She seems like a nice lady. [Laughs] I didn’t know everybody at the shoot, but I for damn sure got some numbers.

You’re originally from Toronto but you’ve recently spent time in Florida and Texas. Is that where your recent embrace of the Southern sound comes from? 
[My sound] came from both [Florida and Texas]. I recorded the entire new project in Florida, but right before that I was in Texas and that was where I got all of the ideas for the tape. My management and my team are out there, and they’re not just my management and business people, it’s more like my family. So, I was out there kickin’ it and enjoying the weather.

How do you feel about Toronto’s music scene?
I think that we’re an extremely talented city. I’m obviously a fan of Drake. I’m a fan of The Weeknd as well. I feel like we’re paving a new sound with this airy, cloudy, dark type of music, but it’s still rockin’. I’m very proud of the way it’s going right now.

My plan is to be the biggest musician in the world, and nothing is going to stop that from happening. That doesn’t mean that I’m gonna stray away from Toronto music, because that’s what I listen to, but I do have to make that world-sounding music, so I do try to pull from other places of the world instead of just Toronto.