Lupe Fiasco And Pete Rock Are Headed Down A Rocky Road

Lupe Fiasco revealed his displeasure with Pete Rock’s ‘wack’ response to his remake of ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’

Lupe Fiasco recently released a remake of T.R.O.Y. and he thought that the release of the track would be the high light if the songs debut until Pete Rock went and ruined it all for him.

Pete Rock took to Twitter and disapproved the Chicago MC for recording “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” a remake of his and CL Smooth’s 1992 single “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).”

Then a day after he came back to Twitter and tweeted that he and Lupe Fiasco had worked out their differences, so everything is now gravy right? Wrong! Lupe recently revealed that they have yet to settle their differences but for now are accepting the fact that they agree to disagree.

“We wasn’t on the phone like, ‘Oh, I love you, Pete.’ At the end of the day, I was hot. My crew was hot, the people who put it together was hot, my record company was hot,” Fiasco said when he called into MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway’s Morning Show.

For those who are not familiar with the song, the original “T.R.O.Y.” serves as a dedication to Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s fallen friend Troy “Trouble T” Dixon and samples Tom Scott’s 1967 jazz record “Today.”

Once Pete heard Lupe’s “Around My Way” on Tuesday, he took to Twitter to express his anger with the 2012 version of the song.

“No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot 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 tweeted.

This is what Lupe had to say about that, “He wasn’t supposed to say that. He was supposed to say the same sh– he said on the phone, ‘Yo man it was my bad, that was wack, it was f—ed up for me to say that, it was disrespectful, I was 100 percent in the wrong, I apologize.’ That’s what he was supposed to say.”

Lupe says he and his team came at Pete about using his instrumental for the track back in November 2011. At the time Rock gave them his blessing, but because “T.R.O.Y.” isn’t an original composition, Lupe had to remake the beat using “Today” just as Pete did back in 1992.

“The funky part is you ain’t even gotta go through Pete Rock to clear it because he don’t even own it,” Lupe said. “Then he comes on Twitter… the same day the joint is released and bodies me like that? And bodies my crew like that? And just hits on us like that? That’s foul.”

Lupe claims that he never meant any negativity to come from this track as his intent was to do something positive and pay homage to Pete Rock.

“You let all these other dudes rap on it, but you sh– on me? It’s like damn, it’s me, kid,” Fiasco said pointing out his progressive hip-hop catalog. “I don’t know how to respect that. Part of me comes from the streets, straight from the streets and part of me don’t know how to respect that.”

Well at this point I don’t know whether it will turn into a straight beef after this or just a misguided disagreement, either way I got to say Pete Rock just needs to step up to Lupe and give him his real thoughts and not beat around the
bush!

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