When Pete Rock first heard Lupe’s remake version of the track, he expressed his dislike with a twitter rant. In an interview with MTV News, Pete Rock told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway, “”At that point, my emotions were working — I’m still thinking about Heavy D and Troy is a dear friend to me, and my emotions got the best of me, and I expressed myself on Twitter”. Pete Rock and CL Smooth originally made the track in dedication to his fallen friend Troy “Trouble T Roy” Dixon a former member of the hip-hop group Heavy D & the Boyz, passed away in 1990 after an accidental fall while he was out on tour.
Pete Rock was contacted by Lupe Fiasco’s label Atlantic Records about remaking the song and the Soul Brother agreed, under the one condition: that he was involved in the recording process. “I thought from that point I would be involved with Lupe and being in the studio, tweaking the beat, but I never heard from the record label, and then I turn on the radio, and hear it on the radio,” Rock explained. Lupe Fiasco’s track sampled the beat from the original 1967 Tom Scott sample from which “T.R.O.Y.” was crafted and opted not to involve Pete Rock at all.
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