Lupe Fiasco has been promising aÂ follow-upÂ to hisÂ criticallyÂ acclaimed album “Food & Liquor” for quite a while now, but it finally looks like he may be ready to release it, as today he dropped the first single to be taken from “Food & Liquor 2: Great American Rap Album Pt. 1” called â€œAround My Way (Freedom Ainâ€™t Free)â€.
The general consensus seems to be that “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” is a smash, but certain people seem to be pissed that he has heavily sampledÂ Pete Rock & C.L. Smoothâ€˜s classic single â€œThey Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)â€. And that surprisingly includes Pete Rock himself:
I can fully support his argument too, there’s very little originality in hip-hop instrumentals these days and Lupe Fiasco is one of theÂ major culpritsÂ when it comes to oversampling. However, the sample used on the original TROY was “a saxophone and bass sample of Tom Scott’s cover of “Today” by Jefferson Airplane.”. So maybe Pete Rock isn’t really in a position to complain here?
Lupe Fiasco – “Around My Way” (Freedom Ain’t Free)