Reminiscing on where you were and how you felt when classic R&B records dropped in the 2000s era is the goal that Tory Lanez accomplished when he created Chixtape 5. Whether you were riding down the freeway listening to Lloyd’s You or thinking about a toxic relationship while listening to Ashanti’s Foolish, R&B music over the years has undeniably helped people create and remember life memories.
Lanez released Chixtape 5 on Nov. 15, two years after releasing his previous mixtape, Chixtape 4. The first Chixtape was released as a mixtape on Feb. 24, 2011. He didn’t include samples but it was inspired by Chris Brown’s debut album, Chris Brown. Lanez started using samples in his chixtape series in Chixtape 2, which came out in 2014.
Every chixtape after Chixtape 1 has samples from a specific era in music. Chixtape 2 is the early 90s, Chixtape 3 is the mid-90s, Chixtape 4 is the late 90s and Chixtape 5 is the 2000s.
Lanez sampled some of the biggest hits from that era and made it his own in this fifth installment of the Chixtape series. The first single from the project, Jerry Sprunger, was released on Nov. 2. It was the first song to set the mood for the rest of the tracklist. I’m Sprung was sampled in the song and it also featured R&B artist, T-Pain, the original artist of the song.
“[On] all of my favorite records, I made the original artist come back and hop on the records. Tory Lanez sampling something and making it totally brand new,” said Tory Lanez during an MTV interview.
This album takes us on a musical journey down memory lane as we listen to the original records play alongside his lyrics. Some of the samples include Take You Down by Chris Brown, Your Body by Pretty Ricky, Can’t Let You Go by Fabulous, Lil Mo and Mike Shorey, and U Already Know by 112.
In an interview with HipHopDX, he said that he wanted to go for the records that would make his listeners think, “How did you even get that cleared.” Chixtape 5 can go down as one of the best-influenced albums in R&B. Lanez perfectly executed this album by picking real R&B records to flip and recreate them to his style.
Lanez toured with Chris Brown on the Indigoat tour that ended on Oct. 19. His album, Chixtape 5, is available on all streaming platforms.