Ever since Lupe Fiasco broke onto the scene with “Food & Liquor” in 2006, fans expect to hear the sounds and lyrics of a potential classic on every new track. Expectations for Fiasco are high, but only because hip-hop fans have seen and heard the extent of his rhyme capabilities.
So it’s no surprise that the Chicago MC would take on one of the most classic instrumentals of all time: Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s 1992 classic (understatement) “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” for his latest single. The sample, with its timeless, looping Tom Scott saxophone riff, is sure to make people sit and listen. Those who dare to touch elements of “T.R.O.Y.” surely have something important to say.
“Around My Way [Freedom Ain't Free]” will be on Fiasco’s sequel to his debut release, “Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album,” a two-disc, two-part story. The single’s cover art is presumably of Fiasco’s own design or direct influence, juxtaposing the American flag with a barcode, not-so-subtly hinting at the political and socially-conscious narrative behind his lyrics.