The first single from Lupe Fiasco‘s Food & Liquor II dropped, titled Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free) (it hits iTunes tonight at midnight), and it samples Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” The original song is widely considered to be one of the greatest Hip-Hop songs of all time, and now Lupe’s version has been received with some off-putting public opinion.
Pete Rock, producer of the original song, the prominent veteran was not pleased with the reimagined beat (both version use Tom Scott’s “Today”) that was so dear to his heart. “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,” tweeted Pete Rock. “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 f-cking day!!!! Smh”
Pete Rock was referring to Trouble T-Roy, one of the late Heavy D’s dancers whose tragic and untimely death inspired the song “T.R.O.Y.” “I’m not flattered @ all. Dat sh-t is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his f-ckin self. Smh,” added the Chocolate Boy Wonder.
Simonsayz & B-Side, the producers of Lupe’s single have some explaining to do, b. Check out the song below and tell us what you think.
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