Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s classic hip-hop cut, 1992’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.),” was a track the duo released in while mourning their late friend, Troy “Trouble T” Dixon of Heavy D & the Boyz.
Obviously, the song was something they held close to their hearts and would go one to become iconic … and Chicago hip-hop star recently re-worked the classic instrumental for his new single, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”, to positive feedback from fans.
However, the track’s creator isn’t feelin’ it so much. Pete Rock chimed in on Monday (May 21), via Twitter (@PeteRock), to express his disapproval of Lupe’s version.
“No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot but TROY should be left alone,” Rock wrote. “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.”
When Lupe tweeted the iTunes link for his new single on Tuesday (May 22), he also linked to previously released re-worked versions — including Mr. Cheeks’ “Reminisce ’03 “, and rising L.A. rapper Mann’s 2011 version — before posting a link to the original with the following hashtag: “#20YearsLaterStillTheBest”.
While “Around My Way” is obviously a nod to “T.R.O.Y,” the original track wasn’t an original composition. Pete Rock took samples from jazz musician Tom Scott’s 1967 song “Today.”
In “Around My Way,” Lup isn’t reminiscing about a dead homie. Instead, he’s rhyming about social-political ills in Ghana and corruption in the oil industry.
Despite his heavy content matter, Pete Rock didn’t appreciate the remake. “I’m not flattered @ all. Dat sh** is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his f***in self. Smh,” he wrote.
It isn’t the first time Lupe has paid homage to Pete Rock either. He once freestyled over the “Reminisce” beat for DJ Greg Street’s “Dopeboys” freestyle alongside Wale and Kardinal Offishall (listen here ).
Lupe had not commented directly about Rock’s comments as of press time.
“Around My Way” serves as the latest single off Lupe’s upcoming Food & Liquor 2 album.