22
May
2012

Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)

Submitted by / 2 years ago / New Songs

Lupe Fiasco Around My Way

Lupe Fiasco has been promising a follow-up to his critically 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 “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”.

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 sampled Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth‘s classic single “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”. And that surprisingly includes Pete Rock himself:

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
@PeteRock
TheRealPeteRock

I'm not flattered @ all. Dat shit is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his fuckin self. Smh
@PeteRock
TheRealPeteRock

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?
@PeteRock
TheRealPeteRock

I can fully support his argument too, there’s very little originality in hip-hop instrumentals these days and Lupe Fiasco is one of the major culprits 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)