Lupe Fiasco & Pete Rock

Lupe Fiasco’s “Around My Way” Doesn’t Pay Homage to Pete Rock

Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)

Lupe Fiasco released the song “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).” The song’s production is a remake of Pete Rock’s “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” a song dedicated to the late Trouble T Roy of Heavy D & the Boyz. Pete Rock tweeted his feelings about the song, stating his classic shouldn’t have been touched. “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 hasn’t responded to Pete’s comments but the debate has opened up questions like do artists need permission to remake classic songs? What position do the record labels play, especially if a song like “Around My Way” is slated to appear on Lupe’s next album, Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album.

Pete Rock sampled “Today” by Tom Scott to create “T.R.O.Y.” in 1992. Pete said that he got the approval to use the sample from Tom Scott himself. It’s not this is the first time someone has remade a classic, or at least sampled one to create something new. Listen to “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” and leave your thoughts in the comments section.

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