Differences between okayplayer favs Lupe Fiasco and Pete Rock over the use of Pete’s immortal beat for the track “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” on Lupe’s new single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” proved to have been of the reconcilable kind after all. Just after midnight last night, Pete stuck a fork in the beef with this statement on his twitter timeline :
“I just got off da phone lupe, we worked out our differences 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 with lupe.”
Meanwhile, Simonsayz, co-producer of “Around My Way“, also took to Twitter and addressed the situation:
“1st and last time I will speak on this… The interprelation (sic) of @PeteRock’s Troy was never meant to offend. To be honest, it wasn’t something that I asked or even jumped at the opportunity to do. I’m much happier to bring my own original ideas to the ears of music lovers, of which I have plenty coming out this year.
However, sometimes in this business it’s hard legally to get clearance to utilize samples or original tracks. The record was written over the Troy beat and Lu’s camp felt strongly that it needed to stay there. I thought what Lu wrote was incredible and relevant to this day and age and that it was a dope juxtaposition over such an iconic beat.
Lu and his camp are my family so when I was asked, not only did me and my partner say yes, We stepped up to the plate without an ego and painstakingly did our absolute best to stay true to the original without trying to flip or put our own spin. BTW, just saw Pete’s latest tweet about call w/Lu… Glad u worked it out. Didn’t know you had an issue with Lu, tho… Thought it was all on me and my partner!!! LOL…. Peace, Blessings and mad respect.
Seems like good news on all fronts, and in the ultimate sign that what goes around samples around, Blu sampled a portion of Lupe’s breakout track “Kick, Push” on “Kiss The Sky!”
spotted at LE