–UPDATE– Lupe Fiasco spoke with “The Morning Riot” today and spoke about how DJ Premiere’s attach “Caught me off guard”. He also says that his team did reach out to Pete Rock for approval for the song.
“That was a little unexpected, seeing as we already reached out to him to get his blessing and all that. We went and did it,” Fiasco said in an interview. “Especially because of what it means to him and what it represents to him and how deep, how personal the record is for him. At the same time, too, withHeavy D passing and all that stuff, we tried to be as sensitive as possible with it and make sure that we represent it correctly. But there are so many remakes of ‘T.R.O.Y.’ out there. That’s what was surprising.” (“The Morning Riot”)
Yesterday, Lupe Fiasco released a new song using a remake of DJ Premiere’s song, T.R.O.Y. DJ Premiere went on a Twitter rampage upset because permission for the sample had never been granted much less even requested in the first place!
“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!” (Tweeted May 21st).
“Who ever Re-created that didn’t do a good job @ all. #nohate,” (Tweeted on May 21st)
“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?” (Tweeted on May 21st)
“I’m not flattered @ all. Dat sh*t is wack, and the producer should be ashamed of his f*ckin self. Smh” (Tweeted on May 21st)
Earlier today Lupe Fiasco released a statement that we all thought was going to be an apology but instead simply placed the blame for the song on his manager, Chill.
“All the credit goes to my partner and manager Chill, he just felt like it was time to bring back a joint,” he said. “Go back and take one of the iconic records of hip-hop and put a new spin on it and put it back out there. I spit on it a couple times before, some mixtape stuff back in the day, Chill felt it needed a bigger look than that.” (SOHH.COM)
Personally, this has always been one of my favorite DJ Premiere tracks and I’m not really feeling the new version. Hear the song below and tell me what you think of the remake!