People are super thirsty for Lupe material. End of story. He should be happy about that, though.
“I was plotting on doing the follow-up to that,” Lupe said. “Simply because [Enemy of the State] was short. And I felt like it was space to do another one. I was gonna do another one called Friend to the People, but I started to get wind that people had songs they shouldn’t have had. I was like, ‘This is just gonna open the floodgates if I come out with another record. I know these dudes are threatening to leak records and do crazy stuff.’ Sometimes I feel there may be too much Lupe music out there — whether it be old stuff or new stuff or freestyles. I don’t want to have a ton of music sitting out. I made the decision to fall back from it and really focus on the climb. We were a couple of weeks away from doing that.”
The climb he referred to was his recent Mount Kilimanjaro trek. There was also another Lupe mixtape that DJ Absolute was supposed to be putting out.
“With this Absolute tape, I had to tell him straight up, ‘We homeboys, and you got all this old music, but it ain’t time right now. It’s too much going on. It’s too many people with music they shouldn’t have, and I don’t want to get it clouded,’ ” said Lupe, who’s putting out his third LP, Lasers, this summer. The lead cut from the album, “I’m Beaming,” was recently leaked without Lupe’s consent.