After Lupe Fiasco released his new single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” last night, Pete Rock went on a Twitter tirade about how he does not approve of his sampling “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You).” But according to the Chicago, Illinois rapper, it was a “shock” to him that the veteran producer took offense to the remake.
During an interview today with WGCI’s The Morning Riot (via FSD), Lu explained that his team reached out to Rock to get his blessing. “That was a little unexpected, seeing as we already reached out to him to get his blessing and all that. We went and did it,” he said. “Especially because of what it means to him and what it represnets to him and how deep, how personal the record is for him. At the same time, too, with Heavy D passing and all that stuff, we tried to be as sensitive as possible with it and make sure that we represent it correctly. But there are so many remakes of ‘T.R.O.Y.’ out there. That’s what was surprising.”
Lupe said he isn’t going to get involved in the situation, since it was his manager Chill’s idea to use sample “T.R.O.Y.” “Nah. The friends and family is dealing with that. They’re the ones who put that together, so I’m kind of like a third party in it. But the people who initially reached out to him from my camp to his camp, I guess they was on the phone last night trying to figure out what was going on. It was a shock to me and it’s best for me to fall back.”
Watch the full interview below.