Lupe Fiasco has finally released the first single from his upcoming sequel to his debut album, Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II:
The Great American Rap Album.
“Around My Way (Freedom A’int Free)” has Lupe once again releasing his feeling about politics and social events. However, his lyrics are not the only controversy surrounding the single. The track contains a screwed sample of the infamous beat from “The Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” by Pete Rock & CL Smooth.
Pete Rock took to Twitter after hearing “Around My Way (Freedom A’int Free)” and was adamantly against the use of his beats.
“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!” tweeted Rock. “It’s so hard for folks to make original music, I possess that, but these dudes are scared of that and this is supposed to be HIP HOP?”
Rock continued by saying that he respected Lupe as an artist and thinks that it was his label which forced Lupe to use the recreated sample.
Check out “Around My Way (Freedom A’int Free)” below.