Mario faces social media backlash for upcoming Tory Lanez collaboration

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Mario‘s recent announcement of his upcoming song, “Main One” with Tory Lanez, was met with negative reactions from social media users. 

The “Just A Friend” singer took to Twitter Monday to unveil the single’s cover art and alert fans of its release this Friday writing, “S/O to my bro @torylanez ! We went crazy tap in!”

Fans were quick to resurface a previous tweet by Mario in which he spoke openly about the Megan Thee Stallion and Lanez shooting case and emphasized the need to “Protect black women.”

“This @theestallion & @torylanez situation got me in awe. Sad AF?” he wrote on Aug. 21, 2021. “Knowing Tory personally this s**t crazy to me. Black men we gotta learn how to control our ego, anger etc. at some point the switch gotta turn off! Protect black women! Heal black men. Love & respect each other.”

“This you?” one Twitter user wrote, sharing a snapshot image of Mario’s tweet.  

“Mario had women swooning 2 weeks ago during and after that Verzuz,” another said, referencing the recent Verzuz battle between Mario and fellow R&B singer Omarion. “And now he’s about to completely undo all of that by putting out a record with Tory Lanez. Are artists’ teams really this stupid?”

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Another user tweeted saying, “Mario doing a song with Tory Lanez doesn’t make a lick of sense. Did he not read the room?”

In an Instagram Live video, Mario seemingly doubled down on his decision to work with the Canadian rapper. 

“As an independent artist doing his thing, it’s a lot of artists that don’t work as hard as he do. Regardless of whatever, the music is what it is,” Mario said. 

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