Album Review: Tory Lanez – “Chixtape 5”
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Album Review: Tory Lanez – “Chixtape 5”

November 26, 2019
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Music
7.5
Songwriting
9
Production
9
HHUCIT
8
8.4
very good

Many musicians have channeled the past to create hits in the present. From YG’s trunk popping G-funk-infused trap rap to Bruno Mars’ career of pulling from a catalog of influences like Prince, Chaka Khan, and Bell Biv DeVoe, the use of nostalgia remains a top-notch tool in an artist’s repertoire.

Tory Lanez has utilized this approach on his Chixtape series, a collection known for reshaping choice hits from the ‘00s. This time out though, the Toronto sing-song rapper doesn’t just remix his favorite tracks, he gets the original performers to appear on the re-worked versions of some of his favorite cuts from the era of ringtones and flip phones.

The R&B singer emulates the likes of T-Pain and Trey Songz, weaving sensuously over slowed and distorted ‘00s R&B hit samples coupled with a few skits mixed in.

He showcases his vast understanding of the genre on cuts like “Jerry Sprunger,” a reworking of T-Pain’s “I’m Sprung” harmonizing with Tallahassee himself as the two put on a melodic clinic.

His reimagination of Pharrell and Snoop Dogg’s classic “Beautiful” on “Beauty in The Benz” shines as something new; taking the original gorgeous shimmering production and morphing it into a chopped and screwed, off-kilter rendition. But somehow it works, as Tory slides seamlessly across the glitched instrumentals and Snoop Dogg does his thing with a short verse.

Another highlight comes on the Chris Brown-assisted “The Take,” an adaptation of Brown’s “Take You Down,” turning up the heat with Tory and Breezy showing excellent chemistry as they trade sultry bars, making for one of the best Collab efforts on the project.

He showcases his vast understanding of the genre on cuts like “Jerry Sprunger,” a reworking of T-Pain’s “I’m Sprung” harmonizing with Tallahassee himself as the two put on a melodic clinic.

His reimagination of Pharrell and Snoop Dogg’s classic “Beautiful” on “Beauty in The Benz” shines as something new; taking the original gorgeous shimmering production and morphing it into a chopped and screwed, off-kilter rendition. But somehow it works, as Tory slides seamlessly across the glitched instrumentals and Snoop Dogg does his thing with a short verse.

Another highlight comes on the Chris Brown-assisted “The Take,” an adaptation of Brown’s “Take You Down,” turning up the heat with Tory and Breezy showing excellent chemistry as they trade sultry bars, making for one of the best Collab efforts on the project.

He showcases his vast understanding of the genre on cuts like “Jerry Sprunger,” a reworking of T-Pain’s “I’m Sprung” harmonizing with Tallahassee himself as the two put on a melodic clinic.

His reimagination of Pharrell and Snoop Dogg’s classic “Beautiful” on “Beauty in The Benz” shines as something new; taking the original gorgeous shimmering production and morphing it into a chopped and screwed, off-kilter rendition. But somehow it works, as Tory slides seamlessly across the glitched instrumentals and Snoop Dogg does his thing with a short verse.

Another highlight comes on the Chris Brown-assisted “The Take,” an adaptation of Brown’s “Take You Down,” turning up the heat with Tory and Breezy showing excellent chemistry as they trade sultry bars, making for one of the best Collab efforts on the project.

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