We've been freaking out over and obsessively watching the new "Superstar" video by Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco, from his upcoming album The Cool. So we had to contain ourselves to keep from hopping the gate that separated us from Lupe when we saw him rolling down the red carpet at the mtvU Woodie Awards.
Fortunately we did not embarrass ourselves thusly, but we did get our recorder all up in his face to talk to him about "Superstar," and we learned that his songwriting was partially inspired by a certain artist with a love of the junk, a propensity for wearing bloody ballet flats, and a "little bit" of a problema con los drogas.
"It's really about the ups and downs of celebrity," Lupe told us. "It's kind of a dark song if you really listen to the lyrics. It's showing that balance between the success and fame of the music business balanced with the tragedy and the infamy of the personal side that's going on at the same time."
We also wanted to know who, if anyone, came to mind when we he wrote "Superstar."
"Yeah I was thinking about... what is her name," he said. "Amy Winehouse. That's who I was thinking about on certain parts."
Finally, Lupe gave us some advice for Amy herself, who we're totally positive is reading this:
"Keep your head up. Fight the demons. Fight 'em off. Everybody's got 'em. Stick to the people who love you the most."
Check out Lupe Fiasco's "Superstar" video, and catch the mtvU Woodie Awards this Thursday, Nov. 15 at 8p.m.