From the death of 28-year-old Sandra Bland who was found hanged in a jail cell in 2015, to 19-year-old activist Oluwatoyin Salau who was killed by the man that sexually assaulted her earlier this year, the phrase “Protect Black Women” has been a part of social commentary but took off as a social movement due to a number of events that occurred this year. One event which includes the “Savage” rapper, Megan Thee Stallion.
Unfortunately, Canadian rapper Tory Lanez didn’t get the memo as he released a 17-track album titled “Daystar” denying all claims that he shot the Houston rapper. Additionally taking the opportunity to throw jabs at other female artists including Kehlani and Jojo.
Social media users across Twitter and Instagram are calling the 28-year-old’s album tone-deaf for a number of reasons. One of the reasons being the timing of the album’s release date.
A day after it was announced that the police officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor were not charged for her death but instead indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment, Lanez took to Twitter to apologize to his fans for his silence and stated that he’s “got time today.”
Furthermore, Megan fans believe he’s exploiting her and the shooting to promote his new album. In the opening diss track “Money Over Fallouts”, he hints to a relationship with her saying “I love you hard. …I’m still down to renegotiate the unity. My heart is some foolery.” He also claims that she is trying to “ruin” him; “Look at how you doing me, people trying to ruin me. And what’s even worse is I’m still thinking about you and me.”
When Megan initially identified Lanez as the shooter, both Jojo and Kehlani made the decision to remove him from their respective deluxe album. A little over an hour after Jojo tweeted “LOVE RESPECT AND PEACE AND PROTECTION TO @theestallion,” she responded to a fan saying she “Def took him TF off,” the album.
Although the 25-year-old R&B singer once had a close relationship with the rapper, Kehlani said in an interview with Chicago radio station WGCI back in mid-August that she felt obligated to remove him from the track. Stating, “As someone with a large platform, as someone that people look up to, as a woman that makes other women feel safe and empowered, people were asking me, ‘Are you gonna keep somebody on it who doesn’t necessarily make us feel safe or empowered as a woman?”
On Lanez’s song “Bittersweet”, he mentions both the fallouts but repeatedly mentions the “It Was Good Until It Wasn’t” singer by saying, “Kehlani hops on the news like it was something to prove. Like me and her wasn’t cool.”
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Lanez decision to break his silence comes months after the 25-year-old “Savage” rapper revealed on her Instagram Live a month ago that the Canadian native shot her on both feet unprovoked; “You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs and lying and s—,” she said. “Stop lying.”
Megan also noted that she didn’t originally disclose to the police that Lanez was the alleged shooter because she didn’t want to die at the hands of police officers; “Why the f— would I tell the [police officers] somebody got a gun in his car and this n—- shot me? So I can get shot, you can get shot, she can get shot, he can get shot?”