RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR | Tory Lanez | | The JUNO Awards

Told You is for the people who didn’t believe. Who thought my dream was so unrealistic that it was impossible. Being homeless, having the teachers tell me I couldn’t do things, having people say that ‘celebrity life doesn’t happen for people from around here’ — all of those things are what fueled where we’re at right now. It’s like, bro, I told you guys. And I’m not done telling you guys.”

I Told You is Tory Lanez’ first album — and his first release with Interscope and Mad Love, producer/mentor Benny Blanco’s label. But it’s the culmination of year after year of high-profile projects that have already made him a near-household name in R&B and hip hop. If it’s possible to be both a freshman and a wisened veteran all at once, that’s Tory Lanez.

He staked a claim in early 2015 with the platinum single “Say It,” which reached the top of the rhythmic and urban radio charts and, as a pop crossover contender, hit number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.