I chose to listen to 'DAYSTAR', as it was a surprise project dropped to respond to everything that happened with the shooting that happened involving Megan and himself. He surely had a lot to say and it can be seen with this album, showing every single emotion that he felt over the past few months. I'm reviewing this album based on only the music as I have no idea on what actually happened on the night of the shooting.
The vocals on the project are spectacular with amazing aggressive vocals while rapping and soothing, stunning vocals while singing, doing a perfect job in balancing both types of vocals. The vocals while rapping weren't his best, but they were still good enough and were easily better than a lot of other rappers. He's one of the only rappers that can SNAP when he wants to as can be seen on tracks like 'The Most High' and 'Sorry But I Had To...'. I never knew that Tory could sing but it was so relaxing, similar to The Weeknd's style of singing. He's better than a ton of singers as can be seen on tracks like 'A Women' and 'Look How GOD Works', and that isn't even his best aspect in terms of vocals which just makes it more fascinating. The singing on this project really gave the variety that his previous projects were missing, making 'DAYSTAR' one of the only Tory Lanez projects that didn't ever get stale at any point, in terms of vocals. Overall, the project had the flashy rapping that Tory is known for along with the hidden talent of Tory which was fantastic singing.
The production on the project was surprisingly perfect, something I never expected for a Tory Lanez album. The production didn't lack in any aspect and was amazing throughout the album. The drums were the part that made the production extraordinary while the insturmental played the background which worked well. Every time the drums came in, it felt like an event and elevated the song to a whole different level. I could tell that the production was worked on very carefully as there were tiny details which made huge differences. The production was pretty different to the beats that Tory has rapped on before and were way more focused on the factor that made sure that Tory stood out and not the beat. Tracks like 'Broke in a Minute' were tracks that depended on the beat to carry Tory while this project was the exact opposite with all the tracks depending completely on Tory's talent to add a lot to the beats. I didn't really recognize any of the producers, probably because they were new ones but that could be a reason for why all the beats sounded so refreshing. Overall, the production was excellent, especially for a Tory Lanez album, and it really made the album quite enjoyable.
The lyrics were easily some of the best lyrical albums of the year, covering almost everything from his situation plus tons more. 'DAYSTAR' seemed to not just cover all the small details from what's happening to him because of the shooting but also shed light on bigger problems such as police brutality and BLM. People might say that was to distract people from the situation with Megan but I feel like he covered it completely and maybe even in excess, and when he was done talking about that, he chose to talk about world problems which was nice to see. I felt like there were tons of great messages that he made sure that people understood and it really made me think in a different way. The flows on the other hand weren't even close to the catchy flows that he was usually often know for which was confusing as Tory usually seemed to easily be able to produce great flows, but I understand that he was trying to put more attention on the lyrics than make the songs catchy so I understand why the flows seemed to be so underwhelming. The entire track, 'Money Over Fallouts' was the best song to address the situation out of the entire album and was easily one of the best tracks lyrically of the year. Additionally, the outro on the closing song, 'Life', had had a message that really effected me in a positive way and put me in his shoes to help me realize how he felt currently. The song, 'Sorry But I Had To', was a track that dissed everyone that turned their back on him, even after all that he did for them, claiming 'that they did that with knowing what actually happened that day', but I felt like it was unnecessary even though that was one of the best rapping performances in all aspects on the album. Tory even managed to talk about having a crush on Kylie, people removing him from their projects, and owning masters on the album, which is a problem that artists like Kanye are facing, which really surprised me as he must've taken a ton of time to think about all of this and put it in 'DAYSTAR'. Overall, Tory does a terrific job at creating lyrics that actually have meaning to them without wasting any time, letting everything that he had to say over the past few months flow in his music.
Tory did a great job using this album to create an 'image' to seem like he's innocent, but I didn't like him capitalizing on the situation, innocent or not. People may say that Tory doesn't deserve anything and we shouldn't give him the attention that he wants but this album made me realize that we cancel people out too quickly without listening to their point of view. I ain't supporting Tory but it was just a random thought that I had while listening to the album, which was one thing that the lyrics really made me think of. At the end of the day, I may never know what happened but musically, I loved this album. The album was great at addressing controversies, world problems, and everything else in between which I haven't seen an artist do in quite a while. Artists like 6ix9ine did the opposite of what Tory did, which was not address the situation in detail, which was probably why their music was terrible.
Overall, 'DAYSTAR' is Tory Lanez's masterpiece (best project that he'll create ever probably) because of the heavenly singing vocals, the hard-hitting rapping vocals, the pleasant surprise in quality of production, and brilliant lyrics in every aspect and was a stunning surprise drop that I wasn't expecting.
Note: I do not know the exact details about the situation including Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez so I have no thoughts on the situation. Violence isn't tolerable and I am against any act of violence. I did not take in consideration, Tory's point of view in the album review, because I don't know the details of the situation like I mentioned. I just liked the music, not his point of view. This review is completely only about the music on the album like I mentioned at the start of the review.