Tory Lanez is not a vocally trained singer -- he's happy to admit that he taught himself. He also trained himself on how to make beats. Lanez's DIY mentality has helped him achieve a flourishing career as one of hip-hop's most versatile artists.
Along with his voice and beats, his taut lyricism has served as a building block for some of his best bodies of work, most notably his revered Chixtape series. Started in 2011, Lanez's Chixtape collection showcases his adoration for the hip-hop hits of the 2000s. From seamless flips of Fat Joe's "What's Luv" to Chingy's "One Call Away" to even Diddy's "I Need a Girl," no beat is safe around the Canadian polymath.
Chixtape 5, out on Friday (Nov. 15), is aimed to pull the heartstrings of 2000s fanatics. Instead of merely remixing his favorite tracks, however, Lanez went a step further this time around and recruited the songs' original artists to join him on the remixes: Trey Songz, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Ashanti all join Lanez on the blast from the past, to help recreate the magic he once felt as a teenager.
"Everything is 2000s-inspired," Lanez tells Billboard. "Everything is inspired by the times when things were golden for us. I think all those pieces and everything that we've come out with has been all about nostalgia. I'm about to take you on a whole journey musically."
On Chixtape 5, Lanez's crusade into the 2000s takes several pit stops. First, he pairs up with T-Pain for "Jerry Sprunger," which remixes "I'm Sprung," before colliding with Chris Brown for the sultry remake of "Take You Down." Alhough Lanez is known for his high-octane raps, he doesn't pause the show to burst into a lyrical frenzy, instead flaunting his vocals alongside some of R&B's elite singers. "I was just trying to create something great," explains Lanez.