Daystar Peterson, better known by his stage name Tory Lanez, is a Canadian rapper from Toronto, Ontario. He received major recognition from his mixtapes, “Conflicts of My Soul: The 416 Story” dropped in 2013 and “Lost Cause” in 2014. In 2015, he released a collaboration EP, “Cruel Intentions” with WeDidIt Records. After he released the single, “Say It”, he was signed with Mad Love Records and Interscope Records. His debut album is set to be released in 2016.
Daystar Peterson was born in Toronto-Ontario, Canada. His father (Sonstar Peterson) was Barbadian and his mother (Luella Peterson) was Dutch. He and his parents were living in Montreal, before moving to Miami, Florida and at the age of 9, Daystar began rapping. When he turned 11, Daystar discovered that his mother was gravely ill, with a rare disease which led to her eventual death. After his
mother’s death, his father began working as an ordained minister and also a missionary, which caused them to move frequently throughout the United States.
At a young age Daystar moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he met a janitor (Hakeem). Hakeem gave Daystar the name Lanez because he’s been seeing Daystar running around the street without watching for traffic. Daystar then moved to New York City, where he’s been spending time getting back to rapping – back then he called himself “Notorious” which is a reference to the late great “Notorious B.I.G” whom he idolized. He then changed his name to “Tory” and eventually settling on “Tory Lanez”. At the age of 15, Daystar went back to Toronto, where he found out his home was gone and that led him spending some of his teenage years being homeless. At the age of 16, Daystar began performing songs at several outdoor concerts which eventually led to teaching himself how to sing – he never formally received any vocal training.