When Sampling Goes Wrong: Why Pete Rock Feels Robbed By Lupe Fiasco


In the realm of hip-hop, all is not fair when it comes to sampling a song – no matter the “homage” or “financial” protocol both parties agree to.

Such was he case for Lupe Fiasco who apparently didn’t get on Pete Rock’s good side when he released his “T.R.O.Y..” sampled track, “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”. 

Rapfix explains:

Earlier this week Lupe Fiasco dropped his new single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” which sampled Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s track “T.R.O.Y..” Pete Rock took to Twitter to vent about how ‘wack’ the track was, Lupe tried to play nice, and the following day Pete Rock tweeted that they’d patched things up and planned to collaborate. Well,according to Lupe, that’s not exactly what happened, and there are still some issues to sort out.

Lupe maintains that he was trying to pay homage to Pete with the track, it’s met with disapproval. “No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him a lot but TROY should be left alone,” Pete Rock wrote on Twitter. “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.”

Lupe tries to make peace: All the credit goes to my partner and manager Chill, he just felt like it was time to bring back a joint,” Lupe explained. “Go back and take one of the iconic records of Hip Hop and put a new spin on it and put it back out there.

Pete Rock claims things are patched up: Although Pete Rock originally felt “violated” by the sample and called the song “wack,” he tweeted that they cleared things up. “I just got off da phone with lupe, we worked out our difference and we bout to get it in,” tweeted the iconic producer. “Gonna be epic and we gonna give Troy the proper respect they deserve and make history.”

Then Lupe called into “Sway in the Morning” on Sirius XM, where he broke down what really happened, calling foul on Pete Rock: “We reached out to Pete in November, he said ‘Nah I don’t really wanna do that, because the record means so much to me, its emotional.’ I reminded him that it’s already been remade and put out by a ton of n—-s, and he said ‘Lupe that’s my man he’s got my blessings.’ Lupe went on the explain that he couldn’t even clear the sample through Pete Rock since he didn’t own the publishing rights.

“The funky part is we ain’t even gotta go through Pete Rock to clear it, because he don’t even own it. Then he comes on Twitter the day after the joint released and bodies me like that, and bodies my crew like that, and just sits on us like that, that’s foul,” he said. “Then we finally get on the phone we didn’t have a f—in’ conversation—we weren’t on the phone like ‘oh I love you,’ I was hot, my crew was hot, the label was hot. He wasn’t just on the phone with me, he was on the phone with 6 people—like Pete what’s wrong with you? Going in on us like that? We trying to pay homage to you, literally trying to page homage to you. If there’s anybody in the industry who gonna hold you down more than anybody its Lupe.”

In regards to that part about them collaborating: “He wasn’t supposed to say that—he was supposed to say the same s—he said on the phone—‘yo man that’s my bad, that was whack it was f—– up for me to say that, I was 100% in the wrong, I apologize. That’s what he was supposed to say.”

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