The saga between Pete Rock and Lupe Fiasco continues, stemming from the Chicago rapper’s remake of the iconic hit “T.R.O.Y.” for his new single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).”
Despite the producer saying the pair had worked out their issues over the song, Lupe revealed otherwise during a phone interview with Shade 45’s “Sway in the Morning” radio show last week (listen here ), saying that’s not the case.
He says they did talk on the phone, but their conversation wasn’t a pleasant one.
“We wasn’t on the phone like, ‘Oh, I love you, Pete.’ At the end of the day, I was hot,” Lupe told Sway. “My crew was hot, the people who put it together was hot, my. record company was hot.”
Pete Rock headed down to MTV News to explain his side of the story, telling the story about why he was upset over the remake initially although he admitted that he agreed to the remake when he asked last year. He says he expected to be involved in the recording, but was never called, and when the song dropped without his knowledge, his emotions got the best of him.
“At that point, my emotions were working — I’m still thinking about Heavy D and Troy is a dear friend to me, and my emotions got the best of me, and I expressed myself on Twitter,” the producer tells MTV News. “It wasn’t my intention to hurt Lupe’s career or his producer’s career. I thought from that point I would be involved with Lupe and being in the studio, tweaking the beat, but I never heard from the record label, and then I turn on the radio, and hear it on the radio.”
Instead of involving Pete Rock in the making of “Around My Way”, Lupe and his team re-created the beat from the original 1967 Tom Scott sample from which “T.R.O.Y.” was crafted.
“No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot but TROY should be left alone,” Pete Rock tweeted after hearing their version. “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,” Rock tweeted after hearing the track. “I’m not flattered @ all. Dat sh** is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his f***in self. Smh.”
The two soon got on the phone, and their respective differences were thought to be solved … at least that’s what Pete said: “I just got off da phone with lupe, we worked out our difference and we bout to get it in. Gonna be epic and we gonna give Troy and hev the proper respect they deserve and make history.”
An irate Lupe phoned into Sway’s SiriusXM radio show to vent…. and now, Pete explains how the conversation went, and says he just wants to make peace.
“When he called, he was upset, and I just tried to talk him through that and say, ‘Look, man, at the end of the day, let’s just fix this thing,’ ” Pete Rock explained. “My whole goal was to just squash this thing, fix the music and just move on.”