Lupe Fiasco released his new single and caused a controversy at the same damn time. Lu’s new track “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” gives us tales of the struggle but it also contains a sample from legendary producer Pete Rock’s heartfelt track “They Reminisce Over You.” The song is close to Pete’s heart because it is dedicated to his close friend Troy “Trouble T-Roy” Dixon, a member of Heavy D & The Boyz, who died in 1990 in Indianapolis.
Words from Pete Rock on Twitter:
“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. 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.. 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 think lupe is a great artist, I’m that angry with him but it’s a major label idea. I can feel it. 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.”
Check out Lupe’s “Around My Way”
and here is Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth “They Reminisce Over You.”
Pay respects by talking to Pete fam… It’s way only right.