I Am – Somebody - Cultural References

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About a month after Dr. Seuss died in 1991, Saturday Night Live paid tribute to the book Green Eggs and Ham, by having Jackson appear on the "Weekend Update" segment and recite it in the same oratative fashion he performs his own poem.

The poem was recited in a somewhat different form in what sounds like a speech by Jackson sampled on the 1973 funk single "Same Beat" by The J.B.'s. The J.B.'s titled an album and track Damn Right I Am Somebody the following year.

The phrase has become so much of a calling card for Jackson that he yells it in a cameo in the movie Undercover Brother.

"I Am – Somebody" also inspired a similarly titled song on Carlos Santana's 2005 album, "All That I Am", which featured the American rapper will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas.

"I Am Somebody" is a song by the hip-hop group Jurassic 5 on the album Power In Numbers, which samples the poem numerous times.

A recording of I Am – Somebody is on the song "Can't Hold Us Back" on Paris Presents: Hard Truth Soldiers by Dead Prez, Kam, Paris and Public Enemy.

"I am Somebody" is a song by French artist DJ Mehdi and collaborators Chromeo.

In the movie House Party, Kid, Stab, Pee-Wee and Zilla are being released by police officers who apprehend them at a class reunion they inadvertently crash; however, they are ordered to say "I am somebody" before their release, much to the disgust of the guests.

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