It’s hard to pick a more unlikely trio than Brooklyn rapper, Notorious B.I.G., along with U.K. X-Factor winner, James Arthur, and a member of the Rat Pack, Dean Martin! But each of these artists are forever tied together for recording “You’re Nobody (Until …)” and putting their dynamic spin to their version of the famous phrase. Before you pick your favorite, let’s dig a little deeper at three incredible records.
“YOU’RE NOBODY (UNTIL SOMEONE KILLS YOU)” – Notorious B.I.G.
Released on Biggy Small’s posthumous double album “Life After Death”, “You’re Nobody” opens with Puff Daddy quoting a Biblical verse from Psalms, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me”. The prophetic single chronicled Biggy’s tumultuous life and the paranoia following the East Coast – West Coast rap feud with Tupac. The powerful track was the last track on the double album and also featured his wife at the time, Faith Evans, and a prominent sample of the Fifth Dimension’s “The Rainmaker”.
“YOU’RE NOBODY ‘TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU” – James Arthur
After winning the X-Factor competition in 2012, James Arthur released “Impossible” and followed it up with “You’re Nobody”. The exuberant single took a giant right turn in lyrical content from Biggie’s version. The upbeat anthem is a throwback jam complete with horns and a rousing chorus that draws you into the chorus. Although the James Arthur went to #2 in the U.K. (locked out of #1 by Lorde’s “Royals”), it was never released in the States!
“YOU’RE NOBODY UNTIL SOMEONE LOVES YOU” – Dean Martin
“Everybody Loves You” is widely considered Dean Martin’s theme song. But you can’t make a Best Of collection from the American Rat Pack actor, singer, and entertainer without including “That’s Amore”, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”, and “You’re Nobody Until Someone Loves You”. The latter has been recorded by everyone from Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Buble back in 2009. I’m going with Dean’s version is the definitive rendition.