Lupe Still Angry With Pete Rock Over Twitter Tirade

Posted: 05/24/2012 03:36 PM EDT
Filed Under Lupe Fiasco, Music News

For a moment, it looked like the dust had settled between Lupe Fiasco and Pete Rock, but in a new radio interview with Sway this morning, Lupe angrily stirred up the drama once more. Sounding aggravated and aggrieved over the phone, Lupe said that he was far from happy with a statement put out by Rock last night and still considers the schism between he and the producer unresolved.

"He comes on Twitter the day the joint is released and bodies me like that? Bodies my crew like that? That s--t foul!" Lupe said, voicing his frustration at Rock's earlier comments for the first time.

The spat kicked off earlier this week, when Lupe debuted his new single "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)," which borrows generously from Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth's iconic 1992 song "T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)." The song was a memorial to Troy Dixon, a friend and member of Heavy D and The Boyz who passed away in 1990, and Pete Rock was less than impressed with Lupe and his producers Simonsayz's and B-Side's use of the track.

"I'm not flattered @ all," he wrote on Twitter at the time. "Dat s--t is wack. The producer should be ashamed of his f----n' self."

In a press release Wednesday night, however, Pete Rock said he and Lupe had "worked out our differences" via phone the night before. Now, though, Lupe says that's not quite how it happened.

"We didn't have a conversation. We wasn't on the phone like 'I love you, Pete, at the end of the day,'" he said in the Sway interview. "I was hot! My crew was hot! The people who put it together was hot! The record company was hot! He wasn't just on the phone with me, he was on the phone with six people!"

"Pete what's wrong with you?!" Lupe continued in anger. "Going off like that? We tryin' to pay homage to you. If there's anybody in the industry that's gonna hold you down more than anybody, it's Lupe!"

The Chicago rapper criticized Rock for failing to apologize for his Twitter statements, saying that the producer had agreed over the phone to admit he was in the wrong but never followed through.

He also clarified that he and his producers only re-worked the song because they were told the original version was impossible to clear with publishers.

Listen to Lupe's full interview with Sway here.

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