When Lupe Fiasco recently sampled Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's “T.R.O.Y.” for his song “Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free),” Pete Rock started catching feelings. The legendary producer felt a personal connection to the beat that he carefully crafted, and he took to Twitter to let Lupe know no one should be able to mess with a classic, adding that Lupe's version was "wack," and a complete "bite" of the original song. Lupe came back and said that Pete had given him his blessing to use the sample and that he had known about the record for months. The two would eventually squash their differences after having a heart to heart—and even made plans for some sort of old-school-meets-new-school collabo.
Pete Rock vs. Lupe Fiasco