This afternoon, Lupe Fiasco’s first release off of his forthcoming Food and Liquor 2 hit the internet. The song, “Around My Way” samples the Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth classic “They Reminisce Over You.” Revered by any Hip-Hop fan worth their pair of shell toes, “T.R.O.Y.” was a song crafted by the legendary duo after the death of their friend Troy Dixon.
Upon hearing Lupe’s version, T.R.O.Y.’s producer, Pete Rock took to twitter to express his displeasure with Lupe’s work.
Pete Rock’s anger is understandable. Having made the song as a tribute to a dear friend, it’s not hard to appreciate why he might not be happy with someone remaking it. On the other hand, sampling is a foundational element of Hip-Hop. It is through sampling that many of Hip-Hop’s most beloved songs have been created. Pete Rock himself sampled Tom Scot’s “Today” to create the original T.R.O.Y.
It brings up an interesting discussion. Are there some songs in Hip-Hop’s cannon that are virtually untouchable? Are there samples that, once sampled, should never be sampled again? Is T.R.O.Y. one of those?
Check out the Tom Scot’s original joint, check out Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s “T.R.O.Y,” check out Lupe’s update and let me know what you all think.
Tom Scot – “Today” (start listening around the 1:30 mark to catch the sample)[audio:https://www.singleblackmale.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/07-Today.mp3|titles=07 Today]
Pete Rock & CL Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)[audio:https://www.singleblackmale.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/05-They-Reminisce-Over-You.mp3|titles=05 They Reminisce Over You]