New Music: Lupe Fiasco – ‘Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)’

Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)

Lupe Fiasco digs in the crates and samples Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s 1992 classic “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.).” on “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” the first single off his upcoming album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album.

The song has already ignited controversy over its sample. “No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot but TROY should be left alone,” tweeted Pete Rock. “Feel so violated, the beat is next to my heart and was made outta anguish and pain. When it’s like that it should not be touched by no one! 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?”

Do you agree with Pete Rock or is the backlash unwarranted? Sound off below.



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63 Comments

  1. ur dad

    propa boom ting song. cuzzy is doing it one time.

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  2. Miles

    Thank You Lupe…. just Thank You

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  3. TRA

    Lupe Fiasco is one of the greatest, most underrated rappers right now. I am looking forward to Food and Liquor 2. As for Pete Rock, I have a lot of respect for Pete Rock, I understand he is upset about his song being sampled, but sampling has always been apart of hip hop since the beginning.

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  4. Hip-Hop

    Don’t mess with the original, Lupe. This record means far too much to the hip-hop genre to be commercialized like this. Get some knowledge

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    Iceman Reply:

    @Hip-Hop,

    *Fouad from Family Guy voice* Oh-HO! It’s funny because T.R.O.Y. itself was originally sampled from Tom Scott’s saxophone cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Today”. Hypocrisy, it amuses me!

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    Miles Reply:

    @Iceman, LMFAO That comment made my f***ing day

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    Jaymalls Reply:

    @Iceman, This is the utter definition of “Unoriginality.” Why couldn’t they have sampled a different part of the original sample or play it over and transpose it???
    Why couldn’t they have used a different tempo than the original???
    Why couldn’t they have use a different drum break and/or groove than the original???
    Lupe isn’t dumb nor is he one of these simple-minded rappers like Lil Wayne who don’t respect the culture. Lupe knew TROY was/is a classic… It doesn’t hurt to be original and push the envelope now-a-days.

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    Joe Reply:

    @Iceman, Pete Rock got permission from Tom Scott himself you dumb fuck, get the facts before you start spouting bullshit. Tom Scott commended Pete on T.R.O.Y, saying he did an awesome job

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    Swaso Reply:

    @Hip-Hop and @Iceman does it matter though? acting like he used a great beat to talk about ass shakin and shit -.- he used it well. to speak truth. im satisfied.

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  5. Blaze

    I fucks with this some Real HipHop GO Lupe gon cop this new Album

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  6. Smart

    NO IDEA ORIGINAL, ITS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

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    Randy Reply:

    @Smart,that’s not a free pass for you to leach off of other people in life. only unoriginal faggots use “no idea’s original” as a false justification for ripping people off and not trying to do something new.

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    Wooly Reply:

    @Randy, Lol…oh ok weirdo…Pete Rock ripped off Tom Scott’s saxophone cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Today”. is he Pete an unoriginal faggot?

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  7. Calvin

    Musics, Music! Get over it! I understand where your coming from pete but, in all honesty, just fukin do whatever the fuk you want!

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  8. Watson

    Despite the lack of love from Pete Rock, the track is wicked. F&L 2 is shaping up well already.

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  9. Will

    “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 outta anguish and pain. When it’s like that it should not be touched by no one!” – Pete Rock

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  10. shell

    Pete Rock is right… anybody that does not understand his fustration really does not know the essense of hip hop… they do not even know the meaning of the song and where it derives from. T.R.O.Y is really one of those hip hop classics that you do not touch. alot of these NEW hiphop listeners need some knowledge on our culture. this isnt just music.. its a ART and REAL expression. i like lupe however his label should have left this song alone.

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    Tendai Magore Reply:

    @shell, in all honesty I cant help but feel if Jay or Nas had used the beat, Pete would’ve been like “oh man its an honour to have a legend like Jay/Nas on the beat, they totally get what its about”, I think he’s mad coz its Lupe, everybody wants to be associated with Jay/Nas…and with that said, I think Lupe murdered it, just listen to the lyrics and the flow on the beat…and this coming from an African in Zimbabwe, where Pac and Biggie are forever…#implying that Lupe is underrated and needs the recognition he deserves#.

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  11. Dave

    The track is good. Everything’s just about sampled, what else is new. It’s what lupe added to the song, his lyric content. People need to get over it.

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  12. Hokum

    I respect pete’s opinion and I’m sure Lupe does too…but when rappers actually make meaningful music i can’t find it in me to downplay what they’re doing…

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  13. TheGreat

    Pete Rock needs to think about it like this: nobody was even thinking about TROY before this single was released. It’s a definately in the Hip-Hop hall of fame but be honest, it’s archived. Be glad somebody as talented as Lupe brought that great sample back into the music scene after TWENTY YEARS. At least it wasnt used by (insert wack mainstream rapper). Besides, its a sample dude! He’s acting like he played the damn sax in the track. He didn’t just take an acapella version of the song somebody just remade a beat with the same sample. Wasn’t that hard. Big ups to both version of the song though. Some things need to be revisited

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  14. Hokum

    Nas and Lupe should do a track together…

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  15. Marceline Fiasco

    iLove Lupe Fiasco no doubt about it….Talent is NOT in question here….It is the fact that PRODUCERS nor the LABEL nor Lupe did not reach out and ASK for permission! iCan agree with Pete Rock on that….BUT! T.R.O.Y itself was sampled….Pete is upset because the song meant a lot to him and iUnderstand that….this whole things is why iHate hip-hop now….like Soca and Dancehall artist use each other’s beats all the time….do you hear them crying???!! There’s two sides to every story!!!

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  16. Yeah

    garbage

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  17. sherwin

    Shut up Pete Rock and just collect those royalty fees

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  18. Kyle

    I understand why he is upset but I’m confused; shouldn’t Lupe have asked for permission if he could sample his song? And I also agree with some of the above comments, SAMPLING HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF HIP-HOP MUSIC!!!

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  19. CarlosBonegro

    im sure lupe cant use the song unless the original person who made the song agrees to it so whys pete rock biiitching whoever made the beat must of agreed for it to be used by lupe

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  20. jroc

    wait why is he upset he didnt have to agree to free the sample. Its like saying “I dont want you to have a party in my house, but i will take some of the money you made from it”.

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  21. MR. HIP HOP ENTHUSIAST

    See people – the issue is:

    * Lupe Fiasco’s mundane rhymes and flow on this track would have no shine without the Pete Rock/Jefferson Airplane sample. He’s just not that good.

    * While Fiasco is an ‘okay’ MC, he is in no position to reach back and taint a certified hip hop classic. Period.

    * Fiasco is looking for hype for all the wrong reasons on this upcoming album. Let the people tell you it’s a classic. Don’t hype your own project because if it is $hitty, then there goes your credibility. Additionally, Fiasco is trying to redeem himself from that pop-confectionary diaster “Lasers.”

    * Originality is key. If you are a hip hop artist and want to sample, find a sample that is not already at the heart of a well known hip hop classic. Sampling is perfectly okay, but should be done so respectfully. Stepping on the toes of hip hop pioneers is not the way to go. Pete Rock is well within his right to be upset.

    * Desperation is not the key. After Fiasco has clowned himself out with all of his label issues, radical political views, rock inspired performances, and overall big mouth, he should not welcome any additional problems. Keep it simple and create an original hip hop legacy that
    people will be inspired by years from now. Think things through and be careful about musical decisions.

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    Dave Reply:

    @MR. HIP HOP ENTHUSIAST, DEAD @ Lupe being an “OK” MC. If he’s an “Ok” MC, I don’t know what everybody else is.

    & some of the rest of this is just assumptions. How can you say he’s desperate? Did you personally have an encounter with him?

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    MR. HIP HOP ENTHUSIAST Reply:

    @Dave,

    * A key component of being a ‘good’ or ‘great’ MC is having acute self awarness. A good MC must be aware of his space musically, the timing of his releases, how many features he uses, and the cohesiveness of his over all catalogue. There must also be consistency. Fiasco is lacking in one or more of these areas, making him just an ‘ok’ MC.

    * Fiasco has exhibited his desperation ten fold. This matter is completely objective. There are no assumptions. If one constantly needs to remind people how good they are and how good their project will be, the door of desperation has already been opened. After his last release failed to deliver, Fiasco has made it a point to declare this next project a masterpiece.

    This information above is public knowledge. No personal arrangements with Fiasco were necessary.

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    hiphophead Reply:

    @MR. HIP HOP ENTHUSIAST,

    What makes you the foremost expert on Hip Hop? Do you produce or MC? If not, you have no place in judging another MC and if you are then you would understand that what Lupe has accomplished puts him in a league of his own up with MC’s such as Kweli and that some of the greatest MC’s greatly respect Lupe. While Kweli possibly has a more cohesive catalogue, that is but one subjective category. The ability to captivate a LARGE audience while maintaing a socially conscious message is something no other MC but Lupe has been able to do on his scale. I’m not a die hard Lupe fan by any means but I am captivated by him as an MC and recognize what he’s accomplished.

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    Tendai Magore Reply:

    @hiphophead, I quote “and that some of the greatest MC’s greatly respect Lupe”, Jayz himself has once or twice said that Lupe is one of the guys doing it for him in interviews…

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  22. Hugh

    Whatever Pete Rock says about HIS music should be respected.

    Song is good. And It brings this great instrumental to me. If it weren’t for sampling I would have missed alot of great music.

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  23. Marsha lotus

    Disrespectful to the fullest

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    Dukes Reply:

    @Marsha lotus,

    You clearly have no clue what you’re talking about. And @Hip-Hop, this is far from commercial. It’s an insightful, well delivered verse that touches on political, cultural, economic, racial and other issues. I’d be willing to bet my right testicle that you will never hear this song on blast at the local abercrombie or the mainstream radio stations.

    Pete’s opinion needs to be respected but at the same time, anybody who knows hip hop, also knows that Pete rock is wayyyyyyyy, way doper as an artist than his most commercially successful song. Yes, TROY was his most commercially successful production. And he sampled it. I respect the way he chopped it and the drums he used and his pete rock brilliance but come on…

    This particular sample was flipped way better by “The Allergies” on the T.R.O.Y. Allergies revisit.

    They did it better than Pete Rock, who only did it first…

    You cant disagree with the allergies version being the best.
    youtube.com/watch?v=XxyImGn8he8

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  24. hero

    who dafvck does lupe think he is? after that last wack ass album you put out you think you can now touch a classic? boy must be smoking that loud.

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    Jakiee Reply:

    @hero ur comment just goes to show how many people know absolutely nothing about Lupe, let alone REAL hip-hop. U act like Lupe used the original beat and rapped some Gucci Mane or Waka Flocka type bullshit. Stop cryin

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  25. smh

    Sampling and biting….Those claiming Pete rock overreacted need to learn the difference.

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  26. HIPHOPISDEAD

    Totally agree with Pete Rock, if Lupe really wants to get serious as a rapper why he uses an existing song and samples to make that shit sampled a lead single in a “dope” album, according to Lupe himself, I really think his music is getting so commercial and fucked up, like his previous album, really it is just bullshit, the beats, collabos, producers, and lyrics? what is he doing now? because his first 2 albums were really hip hop masterpiece, he should try go indie again, Nas is so correct about black music, Hip hop is dead! no more MC Breed, Pharcyde, Slim Shady, Celly Cel, Camp Lo, Raekwon, all of them are gone, also Nas, Eminem and Jay-Z who are the most remain gin rap acts sell themselves to shit, their last projects sounds like real shit, that is not hip hop, that’s bullshit from a horse anus. But don’t worry, there’s such hip hop acts that remain true, those include Atmosphere, Doomtree, P.O.S., all the Rhymesayers roster, among others. If you like all the new commercial shit and collabos like shit getting rich, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Drake, all those motherfuckers, Rick Ross (who really believes he is actually a Gangster of Mafioso), that kind of negros don’t got a shit about hip hop, their music is SHIT! so if u like that crap, don’t say you like hip hop, cuz that is dead so far from now.. all these years listening to Lil Wayne, Kanye, T.I., and u really say “I Listen hip hop”? sorry son, u are so brainless as they are, fuck Lupe Fiasco and his upcoming album, he is wack as shit! No more listen to this cocksucking negro of shit.

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    ThaJoka Reply:

    @HIPHOPISDEAD, GO F URSELF !!!

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    -_- Reply:

    @HIPHOPISDEAD, how the fuck is this commercial??? he supports occupy you’re stupid

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    TRA Reply:

    @HIPHOPISDEAD, Kanye West is the only great mainstream rapper who is putting out great music. Drake is a good mainstream rapper, but Drake’s music can be hit or miss sometimes. All the other mainstream rappers are very bad, terrible, and horrible. If you listen to Kanye West’s College Dropout, Late Registration, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which were great albums, with great reviews, you will see that Kanye West is a great music artist, and a great producer. I agree with you that most of mainstream hip hop music is terrible, but the majority of real hip hop music is underground nowadays. There is more to hip hop than mainstream hip hop music. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, Lupe Fiasco, BIG K.R.I.T., Tech 9ine, The Roots, Common, Mos Def, and other underground rappers are still putting out great hip hop music.

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    Jakiee Reply:

    @TRA Hey! Kanye West’s Graduation was excellent too lol just thought I’d share that witcha

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  27. DRB

    And he had no say over it getting cleared.

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  28. Anonymous

    I like Pete Rock, but i totally disagree with what he said. If the beat really meant all that to you; why would you make money off of it in the first place. Seems like he just wants some attention. Great song, great sample, great music. The End

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    Randy Reply:

    @Anonymous, wtf kind of reasoning is that? that was the dumbest logic ive heard in a long time. what does getting paid for your art have to do with ANYTHING? What is with this 8th grade logic i read on these hip hop blogs? SMH

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  29. dayum

    Note to self: Never sample another hip-hop producer.

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    Navy21IRnanz Reply:

    @dayum, damn right about that

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  30. shakeLIFE

    i really need a triple entendre on that Lu…

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  31. Miles

    I just dnt understand…. The song is on iTunes now…. If Pete didn’t like Lupe sampling why did he approve….?

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    shell Reply:

    @Miles, he did not approve it.

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  32. Navy21IRnanz

    what the fucking hell ahhhhh NOOOOOOOOOOO

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  33. Navy21IRnanz

    what the hella

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  34. NICK

    Didn’t MR.CHEEKS also use this sample on he’s album BACK AGAIN

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  35. ThaJoka

    What the F !!! Pete rock, Lupe ain’t the first one who sampled and not the last one either. Sampling is a part of music. LUPE GO GET’EM MAN !!!!

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    Yes yes YES

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  39. TheDreamer

    This song is great. While Pete Rock’s song was a classic, it’s great that Lupe is sampling it so people will check out Pete’s song.

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  40. -_-

    This is the greatest song I’ve heard to come out this year! It talks about the most relevant topic now – income inequality – and it’s controversial social protest NOT commercial cuz we “the tyrant or the slave but nowhere in the middle”

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  41. Tendai Magore

    I feel that Lupe is clever in what he’s doing now. He realizes that all his songs where he’s getting a message across need more air-play so he makes them a little mainstream to spread the message, but u cant outright say that he’s becoming commercial…he just understand the game a bit better now…

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  42. Hema

    Lauren – Ashley ~ These are ABSOLUTELY wonderful! I fall in love with them every time I see them which has prlbaboy been over 100 now haha. You did an amazing job and I’m so happy with the quality of your work and really capturing Jim and I. So excited for you to capture the wedding day!

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