A California jury convicted Canadian recording artist Daystar “Tory Lanez” Peterson on three felony charges in connection to the 2020 shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. However, Off the Record host DJ Akademiks still expresses skepticism that Lanez actually harmed the “Savage” hitmaker.
On July 12, 2020, news broke that Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez were involved in a violent incident in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood. Megan later publicly named the shooters performer as the person who pulled the trigger that night.
“I thought [Tory Lanez] didn’t do it. I’m still kinda a little doubtful, but the verdict is the verdict,” said DJ Akademiks in an interview with VladTV. “I think the people who were reporting at court at that time were biased.”
In addition to DJ Akademiks, numerous other Hip Hop figures questioned whether Megan Thee Stallion told the truth about the shooting. Drake even received backlash for his lyrics seemingly referencing the situation.
“This b## lied about gettin’ shots, but she still a stallion. She don’t even get the joke, but she still smilin’,” rapped Drake on the “Circo Loco” track off the 2022 collaborative album Her Loss with 21 Savage.
“We even had Drake who said, ‘The chick is lying,’” DJ Akademiks told DJ Vlad. “And he took some flack for it. It became one of those things where the majority of the industry was like, ‘You know what? This Tory guy might be innocent.’”
In contrast, 21 Savage showed support for Megan Thee Stallion back in 2020. The Slaughter Gang leader tweeted, “Wish I could give Megan a hug praying for you.” Last December, Noah “40” Shebib, Drake’s longtime music producer, also implied he stood with Meg.
Tory Lanez reportedly faces up to 22 years and eight months in prison and deportation for the assault with a semiautomatic handgun, having a loaded and unregistered firearm in a vehicle, and gross negligence in discharging his firearm convictions.