Legendary producer Pete Rock took to Twitter earlier this week to express his disapproval of Lupe Fiasco’s new single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”, which samples his iconic 1992 hit, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).”
Pete called the song “disrespectful” and even went as far as calling it “wack.”
Lupe was asked about Pete Rock’s comments during a radio interview on WGCI’s The Morning Riot (via FakeShoreDrive), saying it was “unexpected”, claiming his camp got got his “blessing” before it was released.
Whatever the issue was, things have since been worked out.
“The storm is over and it’s time to move on,” said the producer. “There is no Pete Rock vs. Lupe Fiasco and there never was. Lupe called me last night for the first time about the remake of my song and we worked out our differences. With that, we can do business together and focus on what we both love to do, which is make great music.”
Lupe’s label Atlantic Records released a statement to clear up the confusion over the sample.
“Since there appears to be a great deal of confusion online, we want to make it clear that ‘Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)’ was, in all respects, fully and legally cleared,” wrote the label. “Out of respect, we did reach out to Pete Rock prior to and during the recording process. We truly support Lupe Fiasco as one of our preeminent artists and look forward to the release of Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.”
The original song was recorded following the passing of Troy “Trouble T” Dixon of Heavy D & the Boyz in 1990. The song, which was meant as a tribute, would go on to become iconic, and its beat is one of the most familiar in hip-hop history.
On Lupe’s “Around My Way,” he isn’t reminiscing about a dead homie. Instead, he’s rhyming about social-political ills in Ghana and corruption in the oil industry.