New York producer Pete Rock recently came forward to once again discuss his public outbursts toward Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco over the sampling of his “T.R.O.Y” record and said emotions ultimately got the best of him.
According to Rock, he resorted to Twitter as a result of hearing Fiasco’s unexpected “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free).”
“At that point, my emotions were working — I’m still thinking about Heavy D and Troy is a dear friend to me, and my emotions got the best of me, and I expressed myself on Twitter,” Pete Rock told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway on Tuesday, a week after Lupe released his single. Pete said he’s still a Fiasco fan — naming “Paris, Tokyo” and “Kick, Push” as two of his favorite songs — but he also stands by his original condition: If anyone is to remake “T.R.O.Y.,” he wants to be involved. “If you’re using my track, I want to give you that same impact that I had when I put that record out,” he said. (MTV)
Heading into the weekend, Pete also issued an open statement discussing what transpired last week.
“It’s true that people have made T.R.O.Y. over. I can’t control what’s done with my work after it’s already out there but I can control who gets my blessings. Those who involve me and respect me in the process, get my blessings. Those who work behind my back – but all the while putting up a front like I’m down with it – don’t. I’m flattered that they wanted to remake my song and that they respect it for the classic that it is. I just think they should have talked to Atlantic Records to make sure things were done right. The biggest violation is from Atlantic Records but what can you expect? Labels are corporations and their whole point is to sell records. If they respect the artist in the process that would be nice, but they’re not required. For as political as Lupe as, I expected him to know that and to have hopefully made them more accountable. I’m surprised that he’s siding with the corporation on this.” (Statement)
A day prior, Fiasco refused to hold back on his problems with Rock criticizing the remake during a live radio interview.
“We wasn’t on the phone like, ‘Oh, I love you, Pete.’ At the end of the day, I was hot. My crew was hot, the people who put it together was hot, my record company was hot … [The truce tweet?] He wasn’t supposed to say that. He was supposed to say the same sh– he said on the phone, ‘Yo man it was my bad, that was wack, it was f—ed up for me to say that, it was disrespectful, I was 100 percent in the wrong, I apologize.’ That’s what he was supposed to say. … You let all these other dudes rap on it, but you sh– on me? It’s like damn, it’s me, kid — I don’t know how to respect that. Part of me comes from the streets, straight from the streets and part of me don’t know how to respect that.” (“Sway in the Morning”)
Earlier in the week, Pete’s Twitter tirade made widespread headlines.
“Who ever Re-created that didn’t do a good job @ all. #nohate,” he tweeted May 21st.
“This business can be so lame, sometimes I make beats blindfolded with one hand tied behind my back and still these cats can’t be original to”
“So untalented and unoriginal. Makes me feel like I’m truly the best that ever did it. Yo hev and t-Roy I love and miss da sh*t outta y’all” (Pete Rock’s Twitter)
Check out Lupe Fiasco discussing the dispute below: