This news shook up the hip hop industry as Tekashi’s trial has been a topic of conversations for the better part of a year, but before he was pegged to be a snitch, the 23-year-old collaborated with friends to deliver popular hits. Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, Murda Beatz, A Boogie with da Hoodie, Anuel AA, Bobby Shmurda, Casanova, 50 Cent, Young Thug, Lil Baby, Gunna, Kanye West, and Tory Lanez have all locked down singles with 6ix9ine. Many of those artists have kept the incarcerated rapper at arm’s length since his arrest while others have vowed never to work with him again. Tory Lanez, however, never says never.
In a conversation with Complex, Lanez was asked if, when 6ix9ine gets released from federal custody, he would work with the rapper once more. “I mean, I really don’t know,” he began. “I don’t know how he’s gonna feel when he gets out of jail. I don’t know what he’s got going on in his life. Personally, whatever it is, music is music, bro, at the end of the day. However it happens for him. As a person, bro, and regardless of whatever he did, I kinda miss that guy. That was my n*gga. He’s a funny guy. As a person, he was a funny guy. Maybe n*ggas won’t say that or won’t say…I really just don’t care. I don’t give a f*ck about how people view me. N*ggas don’t like me already. I don’t care.”
Lanez then presented an example using himself as the target. “God forbid I kill somebody tomorrow and I go to jail and y’all look at me as a murderer for the rest of my life. That doesn’t change the songs that I made. It doesn’t change the way I had you rockin’. It doesn’t change…you felt this way about me. If I did something that deteriorated the way that you felt about me, that’s that.”