The Moment: After several unauthorized tracks leaked, Lupe shut down the idea of releasing his Friend to the People mixtape last January, which was supposed to be a follow-up to 2009's Enemy of the State: A Love Story mixtape.
The Reaction: Lupe had a good reason for canceling the idea to do the 'tape—we don't blame him for doing it now—but at the time, his fans were hungry for more music from him and he failed to provide. So naturally, they were upset.
Did It Help or Hurt His Career? HURT! The momentum that Lupe created with Enemy of the State died down and Lasers once again got a big, fat TBD slapped onto its projected release date.