Hip-hop collective Jurassic 5 was always known for their feel-good tunes preaching love, positivity, and harmony. Backed by DJ Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist, rappers Chali 2na, Akil, Zaakir, and Marc 7 spit rhymes that soothed the soul, and their positive attitude was epitomized in I Am Somebody.
The song's opening invocation encourages the listener to “lead and never follow” and “inspire like a role model” before the crew rips into a chorus declaring, “I am (I am) somebody (somebody).” A call-and-response reminding us of who we are and what we have the potential to become, I Am Somebody was particularly effective at many music festivals that Jurassic 5 headlined. Fun times, indeed.
This inspirational group cemented a plethora of positive jams; Jurassic 5 was truly “all the way live.”
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