In news regarding issues we wish would have ended sooner, Pete Rock put out a statement on Friday clarifying his position in the debate with Lupe Fiasco, Fiasco’s new song “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” and Rock’s sampling of Tom Scott & The California Dreamers “Today” to create “T.R.O.Y.”. Rock’s words comes a day or so after Lupe went to Shade 45 to air his grievances out and displeasure with everything and that his name was being sullied over it. The full press release can be read here but down below is a snippet of it:

“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.”

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?…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.”

So it’s basically put Atlantic and their people under the bus? Seems fair. All hip-hop fans want at this point is to see the two hammer it out behind closed doors as opposed to the radio or Twitter.