Pete Rock clears up the matter of the "T.R.O.Y." sample on Lupe Fiasco's single "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)."
In light of the recent back-and-forth between Lupe Fiasco and Pete Rock, and the confusion as to whether the two had actually resolved their beef, Pete Rock issues quite a lengthyÂ second statement on the matter.
Read what Pete Rock had to say below.
Itâs true that Lupe Fiascoâs representative from Atlantic Records contacted me last fall and he did so while I was in mourning over the sudden death of my cousin Heavy D. I gave the representative a conditional âyesâ to use T.R.O.Y. for Lupeâs album but only based on the condition that I be involved on the project. Itâs what I always say when approached by people who want to use that particular song. I was never contacted again. At no point was there any follow up from Atlantic Records. Now, the story gets twisted and itâs being said that I said âyes.â The part about my conditions has been left out to make me seem like Iâm a hypocrite. When I heard about the song again, it was done, completed, and playing on the radioâ¦and that was Monday night.
Itâs true that people have made T.R.O.Y. over. I canât control whatâs done with my work after itâs 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 â but all the while putting up a front like Iâm down with it â donât.
Iâm 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 theyâre not required. For as political as Lupe as, I expected him to know that and to have hopefully made them more accountable. Iâm surprised that heâs siding with the corporation on this. Technically, there was no crime committed with the release of Lupeâs version of my song.
Technically, the song can be out there but Iâm not talking about legalities. Iâm asking: Whereâs the respect for the code among artists? No ego, but I know my place in this game. Iâm recognized as a legend and I accept that. But most of all, Iâm a grown man. The love and admiration that people have for me as a producer and as a man of honor has been non-stop, consistent for over 20 years. Thatâs based on something that canât be touched. My music and my character stands for itself. T.R.O.Y was a career-defining song has gotten me invited to the White House. Itâs not just because people think the production is dope. Itâs also because of what the song stands for. I want my music to touch people but I donât want to be walked over or lied on in the process.
I admit that my outburst on Monday night on Twitter was based on my reminiscing about Heav and Troy. I think about them every day. I apologize for being emotional about this. I had no intentions of hurting Lupeâs career. Thatâs not me. Iâm known for building up not breaking down careers. Moving forward, Iâm 100% in control and focused on whatâs good.