"Superstar" as written by Dan Hill and Barry Mann....
If you are what you say you are
A super star
Then have no fear the camera's here and the microphone and they wanna know
Oh oh oh oh
If you are what you say you are
A super star
Then have no fear the crowd is here and the lights are on and they want a show
Oh oh oh oh

Yea, uh
A fresh cool young Lu
Trying to cash his microphone check 2, 1, 2
Want to believe my own hype but it's too untrue
The world brought me to my knees
What have you brung you
Did you improve on the design
Did you do something new
Well your name ain't on the guest list
Who brung you, you
The more famous person you come through
And the sexy lady next to you
You come to
And then it hit me
Standing outside of heaven waiting for god to come and get me
I'm too uncouth
Unschooled to the rules
And two gum shoe
Too much of a newcomer
And too uncool
Like Shadow and Lavelle
I battle with it well
Though I need a holiday like lady who song blue
Go back what ever you did you undo
Heavy is heaven
The devil on my two tons too

If you are what you say you are
A super star
Then have no fear the camera's here and the microphone and they wanna know
Oh oh oh oh

And you better wear your shades
The spotlights here can burn holes through the stage
Down through the basement
Passed the Indian graves
Where the dinosaurs laid
And out through china
Nearly misses air liners
Magnified times five
This is pointed at the rhymer
Ricochets off the moon and sets the forest a blaze
Now that's important to say
Cause even with all of that
Most of us don't want it to fade
We want it to braid
Meaning we want it to grow
Meaning we want it to stay
Like the governor called
And they told him to wait
Un-strap him from the chair
And put him back in his cage
The audience ain't fazed
And they ain't gone clap and they ain't gone praise
They want everything back that they paid
Cause they been waiting since ten to see the lights get dim


If you are what you say you are
A super star
Then have no fear the camera's here and the microphone and they wanna know
Oh oh oh oh

So chauffeur chauffeur come and take me away
Cause I been standing in this line
For like five whole days
Me and security ain't getting along
And when I got to the front they told me all of the tickets were gone
So just take me home where the mood is mellow
And the roses are thrown
M&M's 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
Every songs a favorite song
And mikes don't feed back
All the reviewers say you need to go and see that
And everybody claps cause everybody is pleased
Then they all take the stage and start performing for me
Like ha ha ha ha ha
Ha ha ha ha ha ha

If you are what you say you are
A super star
Then have no fear the camera's here and the microphone and they wanna know
Oh oh oh oh
If you are what you say you are
A super star
Then have no fear the crowd is here and the lights are on and they want a show
Oh oh oh oh


Lyrics submitted by switchedmymotto

"Superstar" as written by Fernando Lopez-rossi

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Walt Disney Music Company

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    General Comment1st verse:
    Lupe is imagining what it would be like if getting into heaven were like getting into a night club.
    Lupe believes improving the world and contributing to the world should help you get through, "Did you improve on the design, Did you do something new", but he see that the famous people and sexy women are being let through the gates.
    Lupe is not let in because he is "too uncool"

    2nd verse:
    Lupe starts off talking about the spotlight being on the performer and the intense light or attention being put on the performer, which he believes can be a negative thing, "Magnified times five,This is pointed at the rhymer,Ricochets off the moon and sets the forest a blaze,Now that's important to say,Cuz even with all of that,Most of us don't want it to fade
    He then imagines that the performer is actually a prisoner about the be persecuted but then it is called back to prison, but the audience is upset because they didnt get to see "the lights get dim"

    3rd Verse:
    Saying the famous life is too much, just take him home where he can be his own star. being a superstar is overwhelming, sees his fans as the superstars.

    pretty deep when you get in to it, as are all lupe songs
    BBkobe87on December 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm bored at work... I signed up solely to discuss Lupe lyrics... amazing.

    When I read the lyrics to the first verse, I get a mental picture of Lupe starring in a mirror speaking to himself, only his reflection is another person with the same face, a "fresh cool young Lu." This new Lupe is moreorless approaching the sell-out, typical superstar that the real laidback, modest Lupe is staying away from. The new Lupe is gassed by all the reviews and all of his fans (us) claiming he's the best rapper *this* best rapper *that*, but the real Lupe doesn't see it that way; the "hype [is] too untrue." Under the pressure, he's fallen to his knees, and he's asking himself "with all this fame and glory, what have I done for myself? Have i improved my flow and continued to explore my love for the music that's made me who I am? Have I forgotten the morals I grew up on that got me where I am today? Cause from all the hype and attention [the guest list], the man I know I am is fading away [he's not on the guest list - where did this new Lupe come from?]." For a second, he gives in like "the more famous [Lupe], you come through" and all the glamor that follows ["and the sexy lady next to you"]. But, he's hesitant. He doesn't know how to be that "fresh cool young Lu." He's "unschooled to the rules" and "too much of a newcomer." He says that this dilemma, trying to choose which life's path he wants to traverse, is a difficult one, and he's battling with it, although he wishes he could take a break from it all. It's all weighing too heavily on his shoulders as the supposed-to-be greatest rapper of all time.

    The second verse is a warning to this new Lupe if he chooses that life to live. This verse speaks on how, in that life, he's nothing more than a breathe that will inevitably be exhaled, and everyone watching is waiting for his demise. The audiences gaze is powerful and relentless - they're disappointed when Lupe's impending end is delayed. They're [we're] waiting for him to burn out.

    With that in mind, the third verse is Lupe's asking to return to that from which he came (probably Chicago and the local scene). He's tried that glamor life, and it isn't for him. He wants to go back to the roses and the M&Ms, leaving behind the brand names and papperatzi, however that word is spelled. Fans love him for his music, and not for the drama that he will inevitably attract. He wants to be part of the movement; equal, not a superstar ["Then they all take the stage and start performing for me"].
    suarrezon May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHe's back! And better than ever! It's o great to hear real hiphop and not the fake crap that gets played on the air.Amazing! This guy is a lyrical genius! Nough said!
    Can't wait for The Cool!
    katana08on October 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCan someone explain the meaning behind this song? Is it that stardom is good but being home and local is better?
    Mybowlcuton November 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, I didn't read Lm_wfc's comment properly, sorry.
    Mybowlcuton November 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is Lupe going, "Oh my! I've made it big." And not entirely believing that his previous album got acclaimed and loved and did so well (because it was sheer AWESOMENESS... and you know it.)

    So he's floored by the feedback (and, oh so humble too) and everybody thinks he's a superstar... but a superstar??? He doesn't know how to live up to it or can't fathom what being a superstar is.

    Anyway that's my take on it. I love the chorus. Whoever sings it has a beautiful voice... I'm going to hunt down the singer right now. :D

    I'm super excited for Dec. 18th..... why can't it be nooooooooooooow?
    Living.Lifeon December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe I'm overanalysing but the description of the first verse, doesn't it seem like the character in the Cool? The half-dead ganster? The part when he describes heaven and being uncouth?
    Living.Lifeon December 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pretty rad.
    lyrics are pretty deep &nd really understanding
    love itt

    cassielynnon December 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about what its like when you make it big, how you shouldnt worry as long as you are what you say you are, or not fake
    soccerman90on December 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNICE SONG. Really I agree. I believe its about being true to yourself and also forshadowing him leaving the rap game. Him stating how hard it is too be a superstar and saying that most people even though its a stresser and they arent getting what they want and the games having a negative effect and dangerous effect on them they dont want to leave the spot light. (second verse "most of us dont want it to fade, we want it to braid meanin we want it to grow meanin we want it to stay) also really good reference comparing hairstyles and lifestyles. like a fade makes your hair go away i.e. a low haircut but a braid entertwines your hair and makes it grow just like what some do with the dangerous spot light life. also the governor part I think is like him saying you alomst get a relief ( which is death in the metaphor but I dont think he wants to die.) but they keep him in his cage ( the spotlight but not hit by the beam or really laser of the spotlight) but even though his life was just spared the audience doesnt care because they want a show. With Lupe saying hes only going to do one last Album this song is almost like a pre eulogy to his carrer in mainstream music......my god that man is amazing!
    brailon December 30, 2007   Link

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