While things appear to have settled down between Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco and producer Pete Rock over a “T.R.O.Y” sample, The Roots’ Questlove admits he’s siding with the Chi-town emcee.
Rather than blast Rock, Quest said he hopes the hip-hop veteran can let go of his issues toward Fiasco.
“I would hope that Pete would reconsider his position because it’s clearly an homage to his legacy,” he said in an interview. “I’m certain that people will know that’s ‘T.R.O.Y.’ by Pete Rock and CL Smooth and it will seem familiar to them, and that will give Pete the 20-year resurgence and boost that naturally comes with this type of music — I’m glad that Lupe did it because as a DJ, sometimes it’s hard to convince people that are younger than the music that you’re spinning that this is worth dancing to.” (MTV)
Yesterday, Rock issued an open statement on this week’s publicized dispute.
“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 coming at his neck.
“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 went on a Twitter tirade over Fiasco’s new “Freedom Ain’t Free” track.
“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 Pete Rock below: