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There are ways to instill a song with a sense of nostalgia that don’t subsequently trap performer and music alike in the past.

On “Fourteen & 40s,” Toronto rapper Tory Lanez rides slamming drums and a murky, classic Method Man sample, employing cadences at times reminiscent of early Jay–a fitting, if perhaps under-used style for visiting the perils and spoils of street-life. With a catchy, repetitive hook that reveals the reach of Lanez’s influence (more Houston or LA than NYC), “Fourteen & 40s” is an exercise in filtering recognizable influences into a satisfying product.

Whether or not Lanez can transcend his reference points unquestionably remains to be seen, but, for now, he seems on the right track.