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Lupe delivers the lead single to Food & Liquor 2, due September 25th, sampling Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s “T.R.O.Y.”.


Pete Rock is none to happy about this, as he sounded off with a Twitter rant last night, as follows:


“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! It’s so hard for folks to make original music, I possess that, but these dudes are scared of that and this is supposed to be HIP HOP? Man I’m a lupe fan and everything but TROY was my homie man. I think about him and Hev every fucking day!!!! Smh. Who ever Re-created that didn’t do a good job @ all. #nohate. This business can be so lame, sometimes I make beats blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back and still these cats can’t be original to save their fucking life. #impissed. It’s pure fuckery yo,let’s that fucking song live man. That do over shit is fucking corny!!!! It sounds best just the way the fuck it iz. So untalented and unoriginal. Makes me feel like I’m truly the best that ever did it. 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 Entire black ass. #violationtodafullest. Lame Ducks with absolutely no talent if u can’t make ur own hit. FOH. I’m not flattered @ all. Dat shit is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his fuckin self. Smh. That record is dear to me yo fuck deez niggas!!!! I’m still Dat nigga out here believe it or don’t. Ur ignorance not mine, lame duck bullshit. I wouldn’t feel a ways if it was anything else but not that. #feelmypain. I think lupe is a great artist, I’m that angry with him but it’s a major label idea. I can feel it.”


Lupe has spoke on the song in an interview with Ruby Hornet:


“All the credit goes to my partner and manager Chill, 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.”


Lupe also responded indirectly on Twitter by tweeting video links to other remakes of “T.R.O.Y.”, one including Pete Rock and C.L. themselves, and finally ended with the original, hashtagging “#20yearslaterstillthebest”.

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1 Responses to "Lupe Fiasco – “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” + Pete Rock Backlash"
  • C. Swaim says:

    Hypocritical as fuck. Especially, coming from a guy who relies so heavily on samples. I’m sure Tom Scott could have this same rant. Fuck Pete Rock. Great Producer, but obviously bitter.

    “Makes me feel like I’m truly the best that ever did it”
    You’re in the top 15, but you get over yourself hoe.

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