The Chicago Sun-Times interviewed Matthew shortly after his latest album dropped. They also discussed his work with Lupe and the falling-out they had.
Q. Do you feel you’ve escaped Lupe’s orbit at all?
A. No, I wish. It’s that dark passenger that’s always there, the “Superstar” reference. I can’t escape it.
Q. Just today I got a separate email from your publicists, still hawking you as “the ‘voice’ of Lupe Fiasco”!
A. I mean, it’s maybe not a bad thing, it’s just more that I’m so past that stage artistically. It was never really my cup of tea. I had an amazing time, learned a lot, got to tour the world and a Grammy nomination. It looks great on paper, but [he sighs] it wasn’t as satisfying creatively as I hoped it would be.
Q. Is there some animosity between you and Lupe?
A. I wouldn’t say animosity, no. There was a falling-out, sure. He was going through dark times at the label, and I was trying not to get lost in the politics. I didn’t re-sign my contract with him, and his camp stopped responding kindly to me. He himself said we’re cool, but I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.
Q. When did you realize that the silver lining of “Superstar” also had a cloud?
A. I guess it hit me when I would Google my name, and Lupe’s picture would pop up. Every interview was “Superstar” Matthew Santos. After so many questions about Lupe, I realized I’d been branded. I have this Lupe Fiasco stamp on my shoulder. I’m trying to rebrand, stay out of certain limelights.
One thing the SunTimes paraphrasing left out was my expressed gratitude for the Lupe collab. Even said I hope to work with him again soon.— Matthew Santos (@MatthewSantos) February 16, 2012
Read the full interview HERE