The recent backlash surrounding Grammy Award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco’s new single, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”, may have been unexpected when his first offering from Food & Liquor 2 was released last night (May 21).Pete Rock, who produced “T.R.O.Y.” in 1992 as a dedication to Troy “Trouble” Dixon of Heavy D and the Boyz, has taken to Twitter to lash out at the label and producers who were behind the sampling done on “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).”
Pete Rock took to Twitter last night (May 21) to air out all those involved: “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?
He continued, “Man I’m a lupe fan and everything but TROY was my homie man. I think about him and Hev every f*cking 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 f*cked up this business smmfh!!! And I don’t care who got something to say about it, kiss my entire black *ss. #violationtodafullest.
“Lame Ducks with absolutely no talent if u can’t make ur own hit. FOH. I’m not flattered @ all. Dat sh*t is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his f*ckin self. Smh. That record is dear to me yo f*ck deez n*ggas!!!! I’m still Dat n*gga out here believe it or don’t. Ur ignorance not mine, lame duck bullsh*t. 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.
“And let me be clear cuz a lot of y’all don’t know this. But Tom Scott himself gave me an approval for TROY, told me I did a great job!! As did Luther vandross as well spoke to me about how I covered “don’t u know that” and approved!! #official.”
The sentiments Pete Rock has shared on Twitter have mostly been aimed at producers and Lupe’s home of Atlantic Records, who he believes is behind the “violation.”
Lupe Fiasco may have a chance to clear things up during his appearance on this week’s edition of MTV’s “RapFix Live” which will air this Wednesday, May 23 at 4 pm EST.
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