Yesterday (May 21), Lupe Fiasco unveiled the first single off his forthcoming double disc Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album. While the reception from long-time fans seemed positive, legendary producer Pete Rock felt the opposite.
“No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot but TROY should be left alone,” tweeted the beatsmith. Produced by Simonsayz and B-Sidet, Lu’s single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” features a sample from Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s 1992 classic “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)” a record that Pete feels shouldn’t have been recreated. “Feel so violated,the beat is next to my heart and was made. Outta anguish and pain. When it’s like that it should not be touched by no one!”
“Man I’m a lupe fan and everything but TROY was my homie man. I think about him and Hev every fucking day!!!! Smh,” tweeted by Pete via his @PeteRock account. “Yo hev and t-Roy I love and miss da shit outta y’all. U guys have been violated with no Vaseline. So fucked up this business smmfh!!! And I don’t care who got something to say about it, kiss my.. I’m not flattered @ all. Dat shit is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his fuckin self.”
While Lupe has yet to comment on Pete Rock’s dismay with the record, the Chi-Town rapper did explain how he decided to use the beloved sample during a conference call with Ruby Hornet. “All the credit goes to my partner and manager Chill,” he revealed. “He just felt like it was time to bring back a joint… Go back and take one of the iconic records of hip-hop and put a new spin on it and put it back out there.”
“I spit on it a couple times before, some mixtape stuff back in the day, Chill felt it needed a bigger look than that.”
Lu’s fourth studio album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album is set to arrive September 26.—Ralph Bristout