It seems as if Lupe Fiasco is always in hot water over something. Per Idolator.com, legendary super producer Pete Rock is not pleased with the Lupe’s fresh new track “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” the first single from the long awaited Food & Liquor 2 . The single quickly rose to No. 3 on the Rap & Hip-Hop category of the iTunes charts, but Pete Rock doesn’t care about that. His beef is that he didn’t want anyone to sample his classic “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” that he created with C.L. Smooth where the hypnotizing horn from Tom Scott’s “Today” blares. And don’t get Pete Rock mad. He’ll unleash his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter.
In expressing his disapproval of the use of his beat being changed Rock sent a series of tweets about why T.R.O.Y. should have been left alone. He tweets, “No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot but TROY should be left alone. 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!” Of course his disclaimer about liking Lupe didn’t stop the pot stirrers from trying to incite a beef between the rapper and producer causing Pete Rock to tweet, “And y’all need to stop the childish games. I’m a fan of lupe and he is a great artist and a great person.”
Not only did Pete Rock not want the beat touched, he thought the new version was wack, which led to a tirade against the unnamed producer that worked on Lupe’s “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free), the music industry and record labels. He declared that there’s no originality in hip-hop anymore, blaming the label for thinking the remake was a good idea. Don’t you love when artists spill all the tea on Twitter? Luckily, there was a happy ending, solved with one simple phone call. After getting all of his feelings out Pete Rock tweeted, “I just got off da phone [with] lupe, we worked out our differences and we bout to get it in. Gonna be epic and we gonna give Troy and hev the proper respect they deserve and make history with lupe.” By “Hev” he’s referring to the late Heavy D who was also a well respected producer.
After listening to both tracks we hear the differences, but not enough to cause any type of alarm. But we understand artist are sensitive about their art. We wonder why Lupe didn’t think to get Pete’s blessing before doing the track to avoid any drama. But then we wouldn’t have had a front row seat to it all of it unfolding. We’re excited to see the two collaborate and give Hev that tribute he deserves.
Lupe Fiasco Samples (And Irks) Pete Rock & CL Smooth For “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”[Idolator.com]
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