On this song Lupe Fiasco displays the wordplay he is known for, flipping notions of what a woman should be called and seen as on its head (or, depending on your viewpoint, right back on its feet, where it is supposed to be). If that last sentence seems confusing to you, you are probably not going to understand what Lupe is saying on this record. But enjoy the music anyway, youngin’. The rest of us know what’s going on.
Lupe Fiasco hit’s us with a new record entitled “Around The Way” Â (Freedom Ain’t Free), where the producer re-did the classic Pete Rock & CL Smooth record T.R.O.Y (They Reminisce Over You), which was a dedication to theÂ Heavy D and The Boyz member Trouble T-ROY. The song has a message and is very positive, something we need in the culture right now. So with that being said, I was on twitter when I saw the legendary @TheRealPeteRock tweet
“No disrespect to Lupe Fiasco and I like him alot butÂ T.R.O.Y should be left alone. Feel so violated,the beat is next to my heart and was madeÂ Outta anguish and pain. When it’s like that it should not be touched by no one.Â 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?Â Man I’m a lupe fan and everything but TROY was my homie man. I think about him and Hev every fucking day!!!! Smh”….
And he continues to state that the producer should be ashamed of himself that the beat is “Wack”. So people, we will let you be the judge – do you think that T.R.O.Y is that classic that should have never been re-done or touched? Or, based on the positive message that Lupe is sending out on his song “Around The Way”, do you think it’s ok? Â You decide.
* Just so it’s known, we at MCMI Respect both artists for their body of works throughout the years.
UPDATE: We had GMS, LR Blitzkrieg, PackFM, MrMecc & Poison Pen debate and discuss results of this poll on MCMI RADIO: Real Hip Hop. Real Talk. Ep#2. You can hear the show in the player below.Â
Okayplayer put me on to this and they got it from MWP, so thanks to both of them. MWP is a site that blogs mostly artists appearances on live interview shows, from Jay Leno to 106 & Park, so check them out. OkayPlayer is of course Questlove from the Roots outlet.
Carson Daly digs deep with his questions asking about Lupe’s upbringing in an activist family, what motivated him to pursue a music career, how he feels about the #Occupy movement, but mostly, Carson stays out of the way and let’s him talk. It’s a nice look into the mind of Lupe Fiasco.
I picked upÂ 944, a Fashion, Entertainment and Lifestyle magazine, in Vegas last week. It was “The Music Issue”. Â It’s a great look and a great interview. Lupe talks about the making of his album Lasers and how he had a week of promo lined up, shows, interviews, etc. when he suddenly lost his voice. The doctor said he couldn’t talk for a week, to let his voice rest.
The first thing I thought was “Nice! Lupe got the cover.” Then I thought “The Source or XXL should give Lupe the cover. He deserves it.” When I landed back in New York, I saw the XXL Magazine with Lupe on the cover.
In the XXL Mag article, Lupe revealed that
” in 2009 Atlantic froze his budget on Lasers because they were unhappy with what they had heard so far of the album. The decision was crippling and Fiasco says caused him to contemplate suicide. … In the song â€œBeautiful Lasers,â€ from the disc, Lupe mentioned keeping a gun on his table. â€œThat was literal,â€ he admits. â€œI own a ton of them.â€ (more…)