Lupe Fiasco released his new single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” last night, angering Pete Rock for sampling his classic tune “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You).” During a conference call with Ruby Hornet, the Chicago, Illinois native explained how the track came to be and why he was inspired to remake the song.
“All the credit goes to my partner and manager Chill, he just felt like it was time to bring back a joint,” he said. “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.”
He also spoke on how his upcoming album Food & Liquor 2, releasing September 26th, will feature guest artists who will be strictly relegated to chorus duties.
“It’s Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Part I. Part I, which ‘Freedom Ain’t Free’ is the single off of, is coming in the next few months. It really ain’t got no features on there. It got a few people on the hooks and stuff like that, but no other real features other than myself. But that’s part one. It’s a double album. We’re probably 80 percent finished with part 2, which is going to come out a little later. It’s not finalized. You don’t know who’s going to be on it… Part 1 is done and there ain’t gonna be any features on there, but part 2, it maybe somebody coming at the last inning to drop a verse. We’ll see.”