“So just take me home, where the mood is mellow, and the roses are thrown, M&Ms are yellow, and the light bulbs around my mirror don’t flicker, everybody gets a nice autograph picture, one for you, and one for your sister, who had to work tonight, but is an avid listener”
Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor’ was not only my favourite album of 2006 but easily the best album in at least a decade and a contender for the greatest Rap album of all-time. It’s an LP that means so much to me and is so full of detail and depth (Which I’m still exploring) that it’s difficult to convey how much I love it. Every time I listen, I spot something new that gives me goose-bumps because it’s sharp, witty, intelligent or profound.
So ‘Superstar’ is from his follow up album ‘The Cool’. On the surface it’s about celebrity but then you delve a little deeper and find lines about capitol punishment, self doubt and self belief. There’s a soulful chorus provided by Matthew Santos who collaborated on Lupe’s first album. It’s not his finest track (That’d have to be ‘Hurt Me Soul’) but it’s certainly better than most of the music released this year.
As a bonus, here’s a sampler track from ‘Food & Liquor’ which also features the vocal talents of Matthew Santos.