\"It's My Birthday\" (originally \"Birthday\") is a song by American rapper will.i.am featuring American singer Cody Wise. The song was recorded in 2014 and released as a single in Australia on May 27. The song is about celebrating every day as if it's your birthday. The song samples the Indian song \"Urvasi Urvasi\" from the soundtrack of the 1994 Indian film Kadhalan, composed by the Indian composer A. R. Rahman. The song also includes samples of the Jamaican track \"Fi Di Jockey\" by Aidonia and Bounty Killer. It received mixed to negative reviews from music critics, with some being negative towards will.i.am's lack of originality.
\"It's My Birthday\" is a hip hop track that includes usage of Auto-Tune. will.i.am explained the meaning of it during a web exclusive for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on July 29, 2014 where he was joined by Wise, saying: \"You get a license to do whatever you want on your birthday. I try to live in that celebrative, who-gives-a-f perspective and celebrate every day as if it was my birthday.\" The song uses a sample of composer A. R. Rahman's track \"Urvasi Urvasi\", from the soundtrack of the 1994 Tamil film Kadhalan, for both its intro and outro. A. R. Rahman revealed on May 21 via Twitter that he was partnering with will.i.am to recreate an early track of his, with will.i.am tweeting out thanks to Rahman the next day. will.i.am spoke about the process of sampling \"Urvasi Urvasi\" as part of the web exclusive on July 29, saying \"We took portions of that song and put it over today's thick, urban electronic-type beat.\" The song contains an additional sample of the Jamaican track \"Fi Di Jockey\" by Aidonia and Bounty Killer, with vocals from Aidonia sampled on the chorus and Bounty Killer's chanting of his \"Big Ship Sailing\" catchphrase also sampled in the song.
\"It's My Birthday\" received mixed to negative reviews from music critics, with will.i.am's lack of originality being mostly panned. Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song three out of five stars, stating: \"The final result doesn't wander too far away from his recent successful offerings, but with a hint of the new here and there, will.i.am proves once again he can have his cake and eat it whether it's his birthday or not.\" Christina Lee of Idolator wrote that \"it's rather telling that not even the most bizarre parts of 'It's My Birthday' can distract from the cringeworthy lyrics ('Que bonita, que bonita / I can speak in Japanese / Kawaii, kawaii / Kawaii, I want your body').\" RouteNote author RouteBot labelled the song as the worst of 2014, writing: \"I actually thought that English was the performers second language, but then I realised it was Will.i.am! Terrible! What the hell has happened to pop music...\" Trevor Smith of HotNewHipHop wrote in response to the song: \"The rapper/producer channels Bollywood on his new cut, which is more a showcase of Cody Wise's vocals than Will's. It also features some instrumental breaks, placing it firmly in more of an EDM sphere.\"
The music video was uploaded to YouTube on May 28, 2014, shot in the square aspect ratio of software Vine and directed by Ben Mor. It was uploaded to Vine the next day as over 40 separate clips. The video, which utilizes claymation, features both will.i.am and Wise. Its scenes include a birthday party going wrong, twerking in a room decorated with pizzas and will.i.am posing as a priest and as Jesus. He can be seen at one point in the delivery room taking a selfie while a woman gives birth to a will.i.am lookalike. Popular Viners such as Giovanni Watson, DeStorm Power, King Bach, Alpha Cat and Jerry Purdrank also appear. 153554b96e