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.


Latest News

Arin Ray Music

PREMIERE: Arin Ray “Stressin”

The Cincinnati singer keeps it real about relationships
Music Video

PREMIERE: Magno Garcia ft. King Author & Code 9 “Raise the Conscious” Video

Produced by Giallo Point

Smoke A Blunt With Trippie Redd

Let's go to Mars!

It’s The Most Gluttonous Time Of The Year!

Happy Thanksgiving

Knowledge Darts Vol. 28: Every Action Has An Equal And Opposite Reaction

Let's talk about something that really matters
Music Video

PREMIERE: Skipp Whitman “Slow Down”

"Momma told me slow down, I'm about to lose my control"

Lil Peep Vigils Occurring All Around the World

Pink candles for the Goth Angel Sinner
Music Video

PREMIERE: Baby Bash & Frankie J “Candy Coated Dreamer” Video

"She did it all for the dream"
N.E.R.D News

‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ Will Be Here for Christmas

The 7-year wait will soon be over

PREMIERE: KXNG Crooked “The MAGA Continues” + Horseshoe Gang “Shoes Fall Off”

COB is up in here!

Open Space: Lud Foe

From the real side of Chitown

PREMIERE: Agallah ft. Edo G. “Synthetic Thugs”

This duo aren't pulling their punches
ghostface-killah Features

The 36 Best Ghostface Killah Songs, Ranked

"This is real lizzife, ain’t nothin sweet God"
inspectah deck Features

The 36 Best Inspectah Deck Songs, Ranked

“I’m a modern day Langston Hughes, my slang rules”

Nicki Minaj and 21 Savage Join Farruko on “Krippy Kush” Remix

Latin trap arrives on the mainland

Post Malone: Those Looking for Lyrics Need Not Bother with Hip Hop

Thanksgiving is wicked this year b