Lupe Fiasco sampled “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)” reportedly without permission, making Pete Rock angry.
Minutes after Lupe Fiasco debuted his new single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” veteran producer Pete Rock took to Twitter to put the Atlantic Records recording artist on blast.
The song is a direct remake of Pete and C.L. Smooth’s “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You),” but according to the producer, it wasn’t done out of respect for the original.
“No disrespect to Lupe fiasco and i like him a lot 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!” he wrote. “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?
“Man I’m a Lupe fan and everything but TROY was my homie man. I think about him and Hev every fucking day!!!! Smh,” he continued. “Who ever Re-created that didn’t do a good job @ all. #nohate.”
He continued his diatribe by blaming the music industry for encouraging content over value. “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,” he wrote. “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.”