Somali rapper K’naan’s “Is Anybody Out There?” video follows a pair of small-town teens as they deal with schoolyard bullies, family drama and personal demons. “Keep ya head up, baby girl/this ya anthem,” K’naan raps, before Nelly Furtado crushes the hook like a stainless steel nutcracker: “I don’t want to be left in this world tonight/Am I alone in this fight?/Is anybody out there?”
“Is Anybody Out There?” is off of K’naan’s More Beautiful Than Silence EP, the follow-up to his Troubadour album, which features his breakthrough hit, “Wavin’ Flag.” And it’s been a minute since we’ve seen Nelly Furtado back in front of the camera, but girl still looks glam — even in a hooded poncho. (Rainy day swag.) And as big as this collabo is, this isn’t the first time K’naan and Nelly have teamed up: K’naan was featured on Nelly’s 2007 song “Going Away,” and now she’s returning the favor, guesting on this hopeful solidarity anthem.
With a personal history of activism and awareness (he was none too pleased when Mitt Romney recently used “Wavin’ Flag” on his campaign), K’naan’s inspiring, empowering “Is Anybody Out There” is a paean to anyone struggling and a tribute to their survival.
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