On August 16, 2012, legendary New York Hip-Hop duo Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth made their way to The Sound Academy in Toronto. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the classic 1992 album “Mecca and the Soul Brother” they performed the album in its entirety. The album has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, making this event even more spectacular. Fans made their way inside the venue for what was sure to be an unforgettable evening. Click on the link to read the entire review
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[Event] FIVE AND DIME & Union Events presents Pete Rock & C.L Smooth August 16th @ The Sound Academy (Toronto)
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic album “Mecca and the Soul Brother” album legends Pete Rock and C.L Smooth will be performing the album in its entirety at the Sound Academy. The critically acclaimed debut album has been widely acclaimed as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. The classic track “They Reminisce Over You T.R.O.Y” is one of the most popular and heavily sampled songs in Hip Hop history with endless remixes to the original song. There has recently been some controversy about the song and Lupe Fiasco’s usage of the sample for his record “Around My Way”. Producer Pete Rock has been very vocal about his dissatisfaction with Lupe’s usage of the sample expressing his concerns online and on twitter. Lupe claims he did in fact receive approval for usage of the sample but has since not commented on the incident. Be that as it may the song and album will forever be herald as a classic moment in Hip Hop history. Get your tickets early before they are all sold out. What: FIVE AND DIME & Union Events presents Pete Rock & C.L Smooth Where: The Sound Academy. 11 Polson st Toronto When: Thursday August 16th 2012 Admission: 19+ $31.75 + S.C Tickets available at Ticketmaster Bonus: The good folks over at Manifesto are offering a special deal for concert goers. Enter the code tdot when purchasing your tickets online and receive $7.50 off your ticket price. A portion of the sale will be helping to fuel Manifesto 2012.
After Pete Rock took to Twitter earlier this week to express his feelings on Lupe Fiasco's "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)" sampling his classic "T.R.O.Y.", he has now issued an official statement on the matter. Hopefully this puts an end to all of this. Read the statement below:
It’s true that Lupe Fiasco’s representative from Atlantic Records contacted me last fall and he did so while I was in mourning over the sudden death of my cousin Heavy D. I gave the representative a conditional “yes” to use T.R.O.Y. for Lupe’s album but only based on the condition that I be involved on the project. It’s what I always say when approached by people who want to use that particular song. I was never contacted again. At no point was there any follow up from Atlantic Records. Now, the story gets twisted and it’s being said that I said “yes.” The part about my conditions has been left out to make me seem like I’m a hypocrite. When I heard about the song again, it was done, completed, and playing on the radio…and that was Monday night. It’s true that people have made T.R.O.Y. over. I can’t control what’s done with my work after it’s already out there but I can control who gets my blessings. Those who involve me and respect me in the process, get my blessings. Those who work behind my back – but all the while putting up a front like I’m down with it – don’t. I’m flattered that they wanted to remake my song and that they respect it for the classic that it is. I just think they should have talked to Atlantic Records to make sure things were done right. The biggest violation is from Atlantic Records but what can you expect? Labels are corporations and their whole point is to sell records. If they respect the artist in the process that would be nice, but they’re not required. For as political as Lupe as, I expected him to know that and to have hopefully made them more accountable. I’m surprised that he’s siding with the corporation on this. Technically, there was no crime committed with the release of Lupe’s version of my song. Technically, the song can be out there but I’m not talking about legalities. I’m asking: Where’s the respect for the code among artists? No ego, but I know my place in this game. I’m recognized as a legend and I accept that. But most of all, I’m a grown man. The love and admiration that people have for me as a producer and as a man of honor has been non-stop, consistent for over 20 years. That’s based on something that can’t be touched. My music and my character stands for itself. T.R.O.Y was a career-defining song has gotten me invited to the White House. It’s not just because people think the production is dope. It’s also because of what the song stands for. I want my music to touch people but I don’t want to be walked over or lied on in the process. I admit that my outburst on Monday night on Twitter was based on my reminiscing about Heav and Troy. I think about them every day. I apologize for being emotional about this. I had no intentions of hurting Lupe’s career. That’s not me. I’m known for building up not breaking down careers. Moving forward, I’m 100% in control and focused on what’s good.
After the release last night of Lupe Fiasco's latest single "Around My Way (Freedom Ain't Free)", Pete Rock took to Twitter to reveal his feelings on the song's sampling of his own song, "T.R.O.Y.". Although Rock states that he loves Lupe, he had strong feelings on the decision to sample the song that is so personal to him. Hit the skip to check out the full reaction. Photo credit to Alex De Mora.