Tory Lanez – “Mama Told Me” (Stereogum Premiere)

One of the last things the promising young rapper/producer Tory Lanez says on “Mama Told Me” is “I’m a rich young nigga from the 416,” and yeah, his delivery is bound to remind you of Toronto’s most famous hip-hop export, especially when matched with the booming yet ethereal production he crafted alongside Ryan Hemsworth and Play Picasso. But there’s a frenetic urgency lingering underneath Lanez’s bars here that reminds me less of Drake than of one of Lanez’s early supporters, Meek Mill — fitting considering “Mama Told Me” feels both dreamy and nightmarish. The verbal jabs here unfurl in quick succession, and their cumulative effect knocks me out. Hear the song, from his upcoming Lost Cause project, below.

Lost Cause is coming soon. Get tickets for Lanez’s Lost Cause tour at Here are the dates:

10/02 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
10/04 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
10/08 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/09 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
10/10 Dallas, TX @ Trees
10/12 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
10/13 Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
10/15 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
10/16 Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen
10/17 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
10/19 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Underground