SOHH Whatcha Think: Pete Rock vs Lupe: Should Fiasco Have Left The T.R.O.Y. Sample Alone?!?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:10AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

Sampling has been a fixture in hip hop ever since the genre began. The reason artists sample a track varies: to recapture the sound of an era, to do the beat justice, or maybe, to pay tribute to the d*mn song.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

Whatever the case may be, sampling a classic joint can be tricky: get it right and you may have successfully given a throwback hit its second wind, do it wrong and n*ggas may come at your head. Recently, Lupe Fiasco came under fire from Pete Rock for sampling the beat for "T.R.O.Y.," arguably one of the greatest rap songs of all time. Lupe spoke via radio to explain his decision to rock with the legendary beat.

During a conference call with Ruby Hornet, the Chicago, Illinois native explained how the track came to be and why he was inspired to remake the song. "All the credit goes to my partner and manager Chill, he just felt like it was time to bring back a joint," he said. "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. I spit on it a couple times before, some mixtape stuff back in the day, Chill felt it needed a bigger look than that."(HHDX)

Early on, Pete took to Twitter to express his anger toward the sampling of a song he says is too close to his heart to ever be remade.

"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! Man I'm a lupe fan and everything but TROY was my homie man. I think about him and Hev every fucking day!!!! Smh I'm not flattered @ all. Dat shit is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his fuckin self.(Pete Rock's Twitter)

Our question of the day: Sampling in hip hop has been around forever. But are there some tracks that are simply too legendary to ever be touched?

Check out Lupe's "Freedom Ain't Free" track below:

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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