Pete Rock Goes On Twitter Tirade Against Lupe Fiasco Over Single

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

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  • Fred Greene

    It should first be acknowledged that there are countless examples of producers sampling the same song and using them in their own work. However, these producers usually sample unique portions of the song and DO NOT (under respect of the other artists) try to mimic the same style as created by others.

    The producers of Lupe’s single should have followed the same procedure, sampling and mixing the original piece (which is “Today” by saxophonist Tom Scott) in a DISTINCT and COMPLETELY UNIQUE manner.

    Their attempt to mimic Pete Rock’s 1992 tribute is an awful one. T.R.O.Y.’s status as a significant milestone in the progression of hip-hop should justify the argument that Lupe’s producers were wrong to sample (and ultimately copy) the song, but apparently they were to ignorant to give it respect.


    pete actin like a baby over that. i understand that pete is a legend but c’mon p, b happy that lupe laced it instead of someone like oh lets say riff raff or some shit.