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Rap Is An Art, You Can’t Own No Loops: Did Lupe Fiasco Break An Essential Hip-Hop Rule?


“Rap Is An Art, You Can’t Own No Loops” © Keith “Guru” Elam

Much of the Hip-Hop world is outraged over Lupe Fiasco’s latest single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” which uses pretty much the same beat as Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s tribute to their fallen friend Troy “Trouble T-Roy” Dixon of Heavy D & The Boyz “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You).” There are some that don’t think it’s a big deal, provided Pete Rock & C.L. get their proper credit or compensation for the beats usage.

Others instead feel that “T.R.O.Y.” is one of a few sacred Hip-Hop songs that are exempt from being remade or being sampled due to its place in Hip-Hop culture. “T.R.O.Y.” began as a song that two sons of Mount Vernon made in tribute to a beloved friend that was embraced by the entirety of the culture to the point where it was played at funerals and weddings alike. This is both a generational issue and a philosophical issue at the same damn time. Are there really rules in Hip-Hop or are we just kidding ourselves?



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  • Noahjohler

    Can’t we just let music be music? Sometimes you just can’t help it if it sounds like another song, I say just shut up and just listen.

  • Noahjohler

    I don’t see why the producer is offended, he should be glad someone wants to sample his music.

  • Lupe did nothing wrong by sampling a song that was sampled itself. Pete  sampled the original song himself.

  • JustDopeAsHell

    I can understand and appreciate your position although it is biased. Where were you when murder inc. lifted Mr. Shakur’s entire catalog and desecrated it? How did you feel when Jay-Z borrowed flow, beats and actual lines from various artist? Lupe is one of the more cerebral artists of our time and Pete gonna get up in arms because his beat was used. If anything usage of the beat is paying homage to creators of it. I came up in that “pre 97” era and I’ve heard more blatant disrespect for for a beat than this. If anything Lupe Killed it! Now let’s talk about why you really mad son.