I Told You

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I Told You
Tory-lanez-i-told-you.jpg
Studio album by Tory Lanez
Released August 19, 2016
Recorded 2015–16
Studio
  • Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Camp David, Miami, FL
  • Spicewood, Spicewood, TX
  • Downtown Music, New York City, NY
  • No Excuses, Los Angeles, CA
  • Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA
  • Groove Bass, Los Angeles, CA
  • No Excuses, Santa Monica, CA
  • Thom Thom Club, Santa Monica, CA
  • Matza Ball, New York City, NY
Genre
Length 76:13
Label
Producer
Tory Lanez chronology
The New Toronto
(2015)The New Toronto2015
I Told You
(2016)
Chixtape IV
(2017)Chixtape IV2017
Singles from I Told You
  1. "Say It"
    Released: July 15, 2015
  2. "Luv"
    Released: July 29, 2016

I Told You is the debut studio album by Canadian rapper Tory Lanez. It was released on August 19, 2016, by Mad Love Records and Interscope Records. Recording sessions took place from 2015 to 2016, with the production that was contributed by Lanez, alongside several other record producers such as Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Two Inch Punch and Noah Breakfast, among others. The album was supported by two singles: "Say It" and "Luv".

Recording and production[edit]

In an interview with HotNewHipHop, Lanez spoke on the album: "I was tryna come up with a title for mad long and that what was kind of slowing me down cause I didn't want to make music off the wrong title... I might fuck around and not put no features on it. It has to have features that I can put on it and then there's those days where I'm like 'you know, I don't really need any features on it'. I prefer albums in the 10-12 [track list range], you know that 18 be too long sometime because sometimes I wanna listen to an album from top to front and 18 songs is like 70 minutes of music. That's too much for me to comprehend and understand and I really want people to look at the musicalities of what we're putting out as far as the product and how good it is."[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

In August 2015, Lanez performed on the Mac Miller's GO:OD AM Tour.[2] On October 15, 2015, Lanez announced that he will be headlining "The Swavenation Tour" with fellow American rapper Boogie.[3] On December 25, 2015, these mixtapes such as Chixtape III and The New Toronto were promoted as the prelude for his major-label debut album.[4][5]

On April 1, 2016, Lanez and fellow American rapper ASAP Ferg announced that they will be performing in "The Level Up Tour", setting up the two to performed in a special joint set, trading off between their own tracks and collaborations.[6] On June 10, 2016, Lanez revealed the title to the album and tweeted, "The Album is coming this summer".[7]

On July 7, 2016, Lanez announced that he will be headlining the I Told You tour, to support the album. The tour started on July 22, in WayHome Music & Arts Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. Lanez will be traveling across North America through December 2016, with stops at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Made in America, and the Mad Decent Block Party.[8]

Singles[edit]

On July 15, 2015, Lanez released the first single from the album, called "Say It".[9] The song was produced by Pop Wansel and Toro. The music video was released on August 11, 2015.[10] The song peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. On July 29, 2016, Lanez released the second single from the album, called "Luv" on iTunes.[11] The song was produced by Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco. The song peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 9 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AOTY58/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[13]
Exclaim!6/10[14]
HipHopDX2.8/5[15]
HotNewHipHop80%[16]
Now3/5 stars[17]
Pitchfork Media6.3/10[18]
PopMatters5/10 stars[19]

The album received generally mixed reviews upon release. In a positive review, online publication HotNewHipHop, who collectively rated the album an 80, described the album as an "ambitious and lavish" project that showed that Lanez's future seemed "only brighter from here".[16] Kevin Ritchie of Now was also positive towards the project, saying that the album made "a convincing case for Lanez's pop appeal".[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

I Told You debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 and number two on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 52,000 album-equivalent units and 32,000 in pure album sales in its first week of release.[20] In its second week, the album dropped to number 16 on the chart.[21] As of March 1, 2018, the album has earned 538,000 album-equivalent units and 95,000 in pure album sales in the United States.[22]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[23]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Told You / Another One"
  • Play Picasso
  • Lavish
  • Tory Lanez
8:39
2."Guns and Roses"
4:28
3."Flex"
  • Lavish
  • Play Picasso
  • XXYYXX
  • Tory Lanez
5:45
4."To D.R.E.A.M."
  • Peterson
  • Nathan Perez
  • Gonzalez
  • Ash
  • Javeon McCarthy
  • Play Picasso
  • Happy Perez
  • Tory Lanez
  • Two Inch Punch
6:34
5."4AM Flex"
  • Peterson
  • Gonzalez
  • Sergio Romero
  • Play Picasso
  • Romero
4:27
6."Friends with Benefits"
5:29
7."Cold Hard Love"
  • Peterson
  • Perez
  • Gonzalez
  • Happy Perez
  • Play Picasso
  • Tory Lanez
5:58
8."High"
4:24
9."Dirty Money"
  • Peterson
  • Gonzalez
  • Play Picasso
  • Tory Lanez
5:37
10."Question Is"
  • Pop Wansel
  • Toro
7:11
11."Loners Blvd"
6:58
12."All the Girls"
  • Peterson
  • Perez
  • Gonzalez
  • Happy Perez
  • Play Picasso
  • Tory Lanez
4:48
13."Say It"
  • Pop Wansel
  • Toro
4:26
14."Luv"
  • Cashmere Cat
  • Benny Blanco
4:09
Total length:76:13

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • A skit is featured in between each track
  • "I Told You / Another One" features additional vocals by Nichole Gilbert and Teisha J. Brown
  • "Guns And Roses" and "4AM Flex" features additional vocals by Kadeem Brown and Elizabeth Ruiz
  • "Flex" features additional vocals by Kadeem Brown and Mikhail McCreath
  • "To D.R.E.A.M." features additional vocals by Javeon McCarthy and Kadeem Brown
  • "High" and "Dirty Money" features additional vocals by Elizabeth Ruiz and Robert Brown
  • "Question Is" features vocals by Brianna Cash and additional vocals by Teisha J. Brown, Nichole Gilbert and Elizabeth Ruiz
  • "Loners Blvd" features additional vocals by Matthew Adam, Sebastian Jorge Rompotis and Sonstar Peterson
  • "Say It" features additional vocals by Elizabeth Ruiz

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[23]


Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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