By Jack Barnes
With his signature “yawww yawww” ad-lib and his uniquely wavy take on melodic trap, Yung Tory is a name you will need to know. Effortlessly croaking memorable hooks, the 21-year-old rapper shares Free Dope 2, his second quality mixtape of 2017. Co-signed by drill rap icon Lil Durk, who signed the Jamaican-Canadian artist to his OTF (Only The Family) label, Yung Tory is a singular voice in trap music, approaching heady-yet-energetic instrumentals from odd angles, finding hummable hooks in every nook and cranny of the beats. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Featuring previously released highlights such as the plaintive “Never,” the hard-as-nails, falsetto-laden party track “Dope & Hoes,” and the trippy, Lil Durk-featuring “Aquafina,”
“I used to drop songs every Tuesday and it was dope so I called it Free Dope,” explains Yung Tory. “Compared to the first tape, the project has more of a melodic vibe.You can expect turn-up music, you can expect trap music, it’s all mix of all types. Mostly I want to go for a rock-star vibe. I got a taste of the good life and I want more.”
Born and raised in Toronto, with a six-year pitstop as a toddler in ATL, Yung Tory is one of the few artist to combine the rap and rasta lifestyles. A vegan since birth, Yung Tory is a committed Rastafarian, strictly obeying his religious diet and imbuing his life and music with the religion’s spiritual tradition. Yung Tory steeped himself in music from a young age, making his first music as a toddler with a karaoke machine. Studying at the church of Lil Wayne, Dipset, 50 Cent, and others inspired Tory to become a rapper. Earlier this year, Tory struck gold with “Water,” his first hit, which has over 1.3 million views on YouTube and featured a remix with an appearance from Sosamann. With the success of “Water,” Tory caught the ear of Lil Durk, who promptly signed the young artist to his Only The Family label and hopped on a remix of “Run It Up,” which appeared on Tory’s Free Dope mixtape, which dropped last year. Riding the wave of his aquatic-themed hit (“I’m the most hydrated artist,” says Tory. “I’m drippy.”), Yung Tory is ready to win new fans and embrace the rock star lifestyle. “I’m about positive vibes only,” says Tory. “I took negativity and I turned it into positivity. It’s a way of life.”
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