DAYSTAR is Tory Lanez’s sixth studio album and his first release since the shooting involving him and fellow rapper Megan Thee Stallion on July 12, 2020 which left her hospitalized and him jailed on gun charges. Many of the tracks are centered around the alleged shooting and act as Tory telling his side of the story.
The album’s title is in reference to Tory’s real name, Daystar Peterson, and it is his third project of 2020, following The New Toronto 3 and VVS Capsule. The album also marks his first full-length album released independently on his own label, One Umbrella Records after leaving Interscope following the release of TNT3.
Tory kept an air of social media silence for nearly 3 months leading up to the release of DAYSTAR— with the exception of dispelling a rumor that his streaming numbers were down—before coming back with a tweet on September 24 announcing that he would be breaking his silence on the incident. DAYSTAR was not teased prior to its release, with Tory taking to Instagram to announce the album just 5 minutes before its midnight release:
There is a time to stay silent . And a time to speak ….. I said all I could say on this … ALL PLATFORMS … in 5 MINUTES ….. #DAYSTARMORE SONGS BY : TORY LANEZ