The Roots Dump the Birthday Girl

The Roots have decided to axe their initial first single from Rising Down

From Okayplayer:

We told you a few weeks ago that "Birthday Girl" could easily get dropped off of Rising Down. We received word over the weekend that the song is now the International Single and will be an iTunes exclusive. It will not appear on the North American release.

That’s pretty interesting. I understand the new single might be Rising Up which features two verses from Black Thought, one from Wale and a Chrisette Michele hook.


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99 Responses to “The Roots Dump the Birthday Girl”

  1. D. Billz Says:

    Bad starts.

  2. Korean Slap Boxer Says:

    Thank God. Leave the album gutter. Marketing teams need to be burned at the stake!!!

  3. Iceberg Slimm Says:

    Niggas are really sleeping on Birthday Girl. SMH @ Roots switching it cuz some little reggins don’t understand G.O.O.D. music

  4. Brent Says:

    i liked birthday girl … but it didnt sound like it would fit with the other stuff ive heard from the album

  5. The Truth... Says:

    that song is horrible…

  6. KinGRex Says:

    Good call..catchy song but not really deserving to make the album..Id love to see the Roots go balls out on this one and just bang some hard hip hop..

    Although cant complain much about most of their material

  7. EnglandRepresent Says:

    If that track with Peedi Crakk is anything to go by this album will be an industrial strength banger. Like that Pete Rock. Anyone know who produced that Pete Rock/Little Brother ‘Bing Y’All Back’ joint? Billy?

  8. AJ Says:

    lol

  9. Digital scales Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxeMd8EzP04&feature=user

  10. obama 08 and his preacher is speaking the truth white people Says:

    That pete rock is bangin i must agree

  11. D. Billz Says:

    EnglandRepresent Says:

    March 25th, 2008 at 7:38 pm
    If that track with Peedi Crakk is anything to go by this album will be an industrial strength banger.

    ^eskay’s Peedi Hate-O-Meter just went up 10 degrees.

    What it is chief?

    And nah, I don’t know who produced that track but that album is solid. “We Roll” will be gettin’ much bump when the weather breaks for good.

  12. G7 Says:

    good news

  13. G7 Says:

    >>Anyone know who produced that Pete Rock/Little Brother ‘Bing Y’All Back’ joint?

    ^Pete

  14. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Nada Billy, gettin ready to head up to Sydney for the weekend to get properly messy for a change. What’s the chat in B’More? Yup ‘we roll’ is a tidy joint but it’s got nothing on ‘Bring Y’All Back’ in my opinion. The beat on that joint is incredible. I think it’s Joe Scudda is it or maybe it’s a 9th beat but it’s some serious shit whoever did it. *daps* And that Redman track is NICE.

  15. G7 Says:

    whudup Eng?
    are you blind? the comment before I just said Pete Rock did the beat to Bring y’all Back. lol.

  16. EnglandRepresent Says:

    >>Anyone know who produced that Pete Rock/Little Brother ‘Bing Y’All Back’ joint?

    ^Pete

    ^^Oh real talk? Well he’s outdone himself on that one. It’s a fuckin tough beat. What up G Funk? Beckham’s gettin his 100th cap tonight, big achievement for the free kick Don. A true warrior that dude, 3 Lions all the way.

  17. D. Billz Says:

    G7… What it is?

    EngBing… In B’more, shits disgustin’. Maryland tax recently went up from 5% to 6% and they about to add like 4 more tolls… 2 goin’ north on I95 and 2 goin’ south.

  18. EnglandRepresent Says:

    whudup Eng?
    are you blind? the comment before I just said Pete Rock did the beat to Bring y’all Back. lol.

    ^^Oh I see you’re gettin a bit lippy G Funk???!!! Get back in ya box moose boy

  19. Da PartyStarter Says:

    What’s up, DBillz, ERep, G7?

  20. green eyes Says:

    eng!!! you’re going to sydney without me? rare you going to our favorite bondi restaurant too???

  21. G7 Says:

    Dps, Billz…*daps*

  22. EnglandRepresent Says:

    EngBing… In B’more, shits disgustin’. Maryland tax recently went up from 5% to 6% and they about to add like 4 more tolls… 2 goin’ north on I95 and 2 goin’ south.

    ^^Yeah but they don’t tax musty lookin muthafuckas with grease stains ridin shottie in the horse and cart so you should be sweet Billy. Ain’t you got a University course or somethin goin on at the minute? And nah that shit is disgustin actually. In Sydney to drive over the Sydney Harbour Bridge it costs like $10 or somethin, outrageous shit B.

  23. G7 Says:

    >>Oh I see you’re gettin a bit lippy G Funk???!!! Get back in ya box moose boy

    ^sekkle my yute. lol. nice to see Becks finally get his 100th cap. he just needs to stay healthy and maybe he can stick around for a few more. n/h

  24. D. Billz Says:

    DPS… What up chief?

  25. D. Billz Says:

    Lol @ EngBing… you jack-legged lookin’ ass ninja. Stop stalkin’ them midget chicks.

    DPS… Yo, what’s POPPIN’ in Philly on Sundays? The next Monday that I have off I’m gotta hit up Illadelph and do somethin’ new.

  26. zyr12 Says:

    Birthday Girl > Lolipop

  27. green eyes Says:

    ive never lstened to birthday girl.. yall kept saying it was trash

  28. G7 Says:

    sup green? birthday girl is very unRoots like. if you’re a core fan you’d be disappointed. if not you might dig it.

  29. green eyes Says:

    hey g7, i might get around to checking it, but i doubt it

  30. bstep Says:

    thank the lord jesus christ

  31. EnglandRepresent Says:

    What up SK?

    How do Greenie? Yep I’m off to Sydders again luv, my apologies that you won’t be joining. And you know I’ll be hittin up that Italian joint at Bondi. The weather’s gonna be breezy up there too. That’s alright though Green Beans, you can get involved in some Dade County ‘We the bessssssss’ action, shit’s all over Sydney everytime surely??!! *hugs*

  32. Jud Buechler Says:

    Birthday girl is a good song, I liked it. It’s got a nice alternative feel. I think the roots is stepping out on the edge, and trying to make it on their own terms.

    It’s a different song. Not typical roots, but if you had heard it from a white group, people would be going nuts. But since it’s some black conservative hip-hop rap group, people are up in shambles.

    Video is garbage though.

  33. fifty cents Says:

    state property taxes are disgustin out this bitch (no beans licking peedi’s ear-hole)

  34. Jud Buechler Says:

    Does money really have a color?

    Does race trump money or money trumps race?

  35. fifty cents Says:

    outkast fucked the game up with royal flush

    “north korea got that shit that make LA look like japan”

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…SHIT

  36. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Does race trump money or money trumps race?

    ^^I dunno but Trump’s money trumps race

  37. fifty cents Says:

    is anyone else watching flavor of love

    none of those ho’s could catch

    all of them look like they might have AIDS and one of them doesn’t own a toothbrush

    shit’s beyond disgustin

  38. fifty cents Says:

    # EnglandRepresent Says:
    March 25th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Does race trump money or money trumps race?

    ^^I dunno but Trump’s money trumps race

    ^

    my money makes cunts race to give the kid the rump, holler back

  39. Digital scales Says:

    CAVLAR GOT SHOT UP, I THINK HE DEAD

    SHIT IS REALER THAN NIGGAS THINK WOW

    RIP CAVLAR

  40. fifty cents Says:

    ok real spit if you’re oprah money trumps race

    white people love her more than Whole Foods

    but if you’re dave chappelle race trumps money

    white people will always view him as a n*gger (no kelis’ girlfriend)

  41. fifty cents Says:

    who is cavlar, i seen his myspace but who is duke

  42. Digital scales Says:

    HE THE REASON PAPOOSE WALK AROUND WITH HIS 300 DOLLAR JEBUS PEICE

  43. fifty cents Says:

    # Digital scales Says:
    March 25th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    HE THE REASON PAPOOSE WALK AROUND WITH HIS 300 DOLLAR JEBUS PEICE

    ^

    OK WOW NOW I UNDERSTAND

    ACTUALLY NO I DON’T

    WHO THE FUCK IS CAVIAR

  44. eq Says:

    good, that song sucked.

  45. Jud Buecheler Says:

    # fifty cents Says:
    March 25th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    ok real spit if you’re oprah money trumps race

    white people love her more than Whole Foods

    but if you’re dave chappelle race trumps money

    white people will always view him as a n*gger (no kelis’ girlfriend)

    _________________________________________________________

    That’s interesting.

    So basically Money is just a variable for power, and in reality it is masked. When it truly comes down to it, race trumps money and perceived whiteneness such ass oprah, people will let slide. But a nigger with money is just a nigger with money.

  46. G7 Says:

    *birthday girl crickets*

  47. EnglandRepresent Says:

    WHO THE FUCK IS CAVIAR

    ^^Sound like he one of Pap’s gully dudes am I right Digi? Murda had him capped? I dunno I don’t wanna be wet snitchin on niggas (none)

  48. Two-Times Says:

    Digital scales Says:

    March 25th, 2008 at 9:37 pm
    CAVLAR GOT SHOT UP, I THINK HE DEAD

    SHIT IS REALER THAN NIGGAS THINK WOW

    RIP CAVLAR

    ^^^^^^

    yeah i heard about that shit too…

    in fort greene …

    it’s fucked up… smh…

    Cavlar was a real g…………

  49. E. Tiggidy Says:

    It’s not a bad thing and it’s not a good thing. Just a thing. Is that a Niggytardust on the album cover?

  50. EnglandRepresent Says:

    yeah i heard about that shit too…

    in fort greene …

    it’s fucked up… smh…

    Cavlar was a real g…………

    ^^So who the fuck is Cavlar that is the question?

    *daps Two*

  51. yeah me 2 Says:

    My feet hangin out the window, they jock my shoe game

  52. goodtimes Says:

    any1 who hates birthday girl is a lame.

  53. Jersey Spic Says:

    The best decision they have ever made. Thank GOD! That song is garbage. Yet the three other songs that they released sound amazing and embody everything the Roots have always been about. Now maybe this album will be classic.

  54. Jud Buechler Says:

    * Eats a steak and some Potatoes real late at night*

    *realizes that nahright is a bunch of nerdy/corny cats, who claim they are so health conscious but are as fat as bol*

    Red meat is good for your brain

    Pork chops are good for you

    Eat meat its whats good for you

  55. The Truth... Says:

    >>>any1 who hates birthday girl is a lame.

    Strange….I was just thinking, any1 that likes it is a herb

  56. Jud Buechler Says:

    Birthday girl is a cool little track. If you don’t like it you dont like it. If you like it, then you like it. Why someone gotta be a herb or a lame. It’s only music.

  57. Jud Buechler Says:

    Jud Buechler= the food expert

    Go get up off your ass and do some exercises and run, lift weights, do a work out tape.

    If you in shape you can eat ANYTHING you want. If you were not able to eat it, they would ban it.

    McDonalds doesn’t kill you. Fat ass niggas who don’t exercise kill their own selves.

    Pork aint never killed no man. You wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that park.

    Animals are created for us to eat and have dominion over and maintain the earth.

    Cows are good for you to eat. Yes you can eat them. Yes it’s healthy and good.

    To all the white people. I would eat a dog right on your dinner table. Fuck a dog, it aint no different than a buffalo.

    Just exercise and eat what you want.

  58. 911 Says:

    An argument does not have to be a profound or terribly complex statement; it just needs to be arguable and defend-able.

    Was reading some notes I had from a class…My notes are always impeccable.

    >>* Eats a steak and some Potatoes real late at night*
    ^^I just did that. Well sans the potatoes.

    >>*realizes that nahright is a bunch of nerdy/corny cats, who claim they are so health conscious but are as fat as bol*
    ^^I wouldn’t claim either. Although my scholastic are up to par. I also try to maintain a healthy diet. My metabolism is such that I couldn’t gain weight on an extreme creatine regimen. True story.

    >>Red meat is good for your brain
    ^^Protein. Moderation.

    >>Pork chops are good for you
    ^^ Blank Stare. Taste good. Maybe. I have no qualms with that statement though that’s your preference. Pigs are by nature fat animals sooooooo.

    >>Eat meat its whats good for you
    ^^ Vegetables > Fish > Chicken > Beef > Pork

    Daps Boosie. What it is?

  59. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Strange….I was just thinking, any1 that likes it is a herb

    ^^lmao.

    To all the white people. I would eat a dog right on your dinner table. Fuck a dog, it aint no different than a buffalo.

    ^^lol but we don’t condone bestiality over here Judder so act like you know sunshine (nope)

  60. HHF Says:

    You aint an animal, you pussy, when you go down on your girl then you a cannibal

  61. 911 Says:

    England don’t even claim you! Bloody wanker, I got half a mind to reckon I’d sully your face with a bout of fisticuffs we’d ever get within shadows distance.

    With that typed what up fucktard?

  62. HHF Says:

    I like that the word “herb” is making a comeback even if its just on nah..

  63. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Jud = Boosie???

    Fuck it I give up on niggas with new aliases

  64. nation Says:

    one half of D Incredible Rap Team

  65. 911 Says:

    # green eyes Says:
    March 25th, 2008 at 8:26 pm
    ive never lstened to birthday girl.. yall kept saying it was trash

    >Concurs everything prior to y’all.

    HHF and anybody else onlizzine’ what it does…

  66. El Primero Says:

    Pete Rock produced it (it’s a Pete Rock album remember?). Only one track on the album is produced by someone else and it’s Green Lantern.

    ^^^
    Anyone know who produced that Pete Rock/Little Brother ‘Bing Y’All Back’ joint? Billy?

  67. 911 Says:

    Le Moderator Que va-t-il sur ?

  68. HHF Says:

    HHF and anybody else onlizzine’ what it does…

    ^^^chilling B, peace to the nite staff mopping the corridor halls and securing the premises

    *logs off*

  69. EnglandRepresent Says:

    England don’t even claim you! Bloody wanker, I got half a mind to reckon I’d sully your face with a bout of fisticuffs we’d ever get within shadows distance.

    With that typed what up fucktard?

    ^^911 just step away from the keyboard you eager beaver (nope), I’d distribute severe beatings if you ever stepped in my field of vision and I’d know if it was you because of the fluffy pink leg warmers you rock with a Harlem/Frisco type flagrancy. You old stinky stickleback lookin ass nigga. What up though chap?

  70. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Pete Rock produced it (it’s a Pete Rock album remember?).

    ^^Are you buckin those shots in my direction El Dickhead Grande?

  71. 911 Says:

    *Types from Erep perspective*

    Chillin fam. I was doing some homework and fell asleep with me laptop on my lap…the thing was properly venting some scorching fucking heat on my man muscle, I tell you. Right fucking uncomfortable is what woke me up, see.

  72. yeah me 2 Says:

    Im A Do Me…Im a Do Me

  73. EnglandRepresent Says:

    *posts from 911 perspective*

    Yeah fam, it’s a catacylsmic turn of events that sparks a laptop to be warmin up your scrotal zone, not too dis-similar to the cosmos and the planets that duck back and forth which play an ever increasing role in our lives and the way we maintain. Kool-Aid, twinkie, Herschy bar, fiendin on the dolo tip layin back in the ‘Lac gettin on my deen with the wondorous prophets of knowledge. Nah’mean?

  74. 911 Says:

    Is dying…

  75. OSU Says:

    Hilarious

  76. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Ay 911 put the link to your blog again potna

  77. 911 Says:

    *continues with ERep perspective*

    You bloody todger, you smell like smeg from a willy. I’d be ripe to bet your slapper has gingivitis. And if you weren’t such a nancy boy I’d box your ears right there as you stand. You’d be wise to belt up! Spewing those loads of cobbler.

  78. Digital scales Says:

    WHAT THE FUCK DID ESKAY TAKE A DAY OFF

  79. !Ven-Tech? Says:

    Morning Shift Janitor

    *Looks around and sees no one*

    *unlocks door to Nah Right offices with key ring of 500 keys*

    *begins to mop floors before employees show up*

    *whistles*

  80. Digital scales Says:

    SO ANY TAKERS THAT UNCLE MURDA IS THE NEXT TO GO?

  81. lo k Says:

    somebody smoke some weed for me…

  82. !Ven-Tech? Says:

    *see lo k & woodrow walkin in freshly mopped hallway*

    *starts yelling*

    “YOU NIGGAS IS FUCKIN UP MY FLOORS!”

  83. lo k Says:

    mornin’ y’all…

    @digi – he’s a viable candidate, but I’m thinking it’s going to be some other lesser known, more independently signed cat…

  84. Plug Says:

    What would a Preemo and Bun B song even sound like? They should make that happen and show us. In the article outtakes he talks about working with Kane and G. Rap and his feelings about country music.
    —————————–
    I dont know if that would sound right. when I put in a bun cd, I wanna here that Texas bass. Premo dont really use bass like that. They SHOULD do a song together tho.

  85. lo k Says:

    *looks at ven*

    *looks at floor*

    *sprinkles remaining danish crumbs from fingers onto the floor*

  86. Digital scales Says:

    “YOU NIGGAS IS FUCKIN UP MY FLOORS!”

    Whats good Ven, OL Master of the Custodial Arts(or Janitor if i wanna be a dick head about it)

  87. lo k Says:

    >>>Premo dont really use bass like that.

    ^^^what if Premo stepped out of his element for a change? when was the last time you heard something from him that didn’t sound like the last 15 years of Gangstarr? Even the Christina Aguilera stuff sounded the same…

  88. Digital scales Says:

    the beat premo did for fatjoe is fire, like the perfect loop

  89. Plug Says:

    you got that Fat joe? I heard some of it on youtube and its nice. Hook ya boy up if you got it

    plugindustries@gmail

  90. icon (trillbert arenas) Says:

    Whats good Ven, OL Master of the Custodial Arts(or Janitor if i wanna be a dick head about it)

    ***Gotta love “Half Baked”, lol- quotables galore

  91. lo k Says:

    I got to work DUMB early this morning… shit…

    I can’t believe I’ve been here for like an hour already…

    money is a helluva drug…

  92. Plug Says:

    ^^^what if Premo stepped out of his element for a change? when was the last time you heard something from him that didn’t sound like the last 15 years of Gangstarr? Even the Christina Aguilera stuff sounded the same…
    ——–
    nah. no change. he should just stay in his lane. I wish somebody would come out with an all premo tape. these rap cats be BS’n. even if they didnt wanna make it retail, do a mixtape. Rap cats always talkin bout how the game has changed but they stay tryin to make them ole Stanky booty singles

  93. !Ven-Tech? Says:

    *daps lo, plug, drow*

    Whaddidup. So who is this “Cavlar” dude? Firstly, I can only assume he’s some gangster rapper, hence his silly misspelled name.

    Who has this?

    http://www.tinyurl.com/2jp7vb

  94. Plug Says:

    Who has this?

    http://www.tinyurl.com/2jp7vb
    ——-
    aww. they got good times on there. one of my favorite ghost songs nobody heard. I gotta cop that

  95. Birthday Girl is a Goner | The Rap Up Says:

    […] The Roots heard all your griping and decided to yank “Birthday Girl” from Rising Down. “We told you a few weeks ago that “Birthday Girl” could easily get dropped off of Rising Down. We received word over the weekend that the song is now the International Single and will be an iTunes exclusive. It will not appear on the North American release.”[via OKP, by way of Eskay] […]

  96. !Ven-Tech? Says:

    lo k Says:

    March 26th, 2008 at 8:22 am
    >>>Premo dont really use bass like that.

    ^^^what if Premo stepped out of his element for a change? when was the last time you heard something from him that didn’t sound like the last 15 years of Gangstarr? Even the Christina Aguilera stuff sounded the same…

    ^^^
    Preemo should never step out of his element…that’s what makes him. Any emcee know that if you want straight up hip hop, he’s the go-to guy…unfortunately hip hop is dead so…

    I wish dude just start givin away beats. I’d take one of them and just read a waffle house menu in the sound booth. That shit would bump in hip hop lounges across the nation…

    (p.s. Jay-Z’s “Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More”=Preemo Classic)

  97. lo k Says:

    *daps ven, plug, drow*

    @industries – it’s tough… I think part of the problem is that people stay trying to take it back… how about we push shit forward for a change?

    and fuck hipster rap for thinking they’re pushing shit forward by taking it back… bastards…

  98. Patrick “The White Akon” Stump Yanked From Roots Album [Reworkings] | weeklyexaminer.com Says:

    […] You didn’t want the worst, you didn’t get the worst! The Roots have caved to public disgust and removed “Birthday Girl,” their collabo with omnipresent Fall Out Boy troubadour Patrick Stump, from their upcoming album Rising Down. “Birthday Girl” is still the album’s first international single, but it’s been reduced to “iTunes-only” status in America. I don’t really see what makes the song so heinous. It might be a little Sublime for hardcore fans of the band, but if it lacks crossover potential, it’s due to the Roots’ milquetoast albatross Black Thought, not Stump (ladies on YouTube seem to like the track just fine). If the vocal was credited to Cody ChesnuTT, would the Internet have been so put off? [Nah Right / Photo: AP] […]

  99. Nah Right » Blog Archive » Preview: The Roots’ Birthday Girl Video Says:

    […] Here are a few shots from the set of the Rik Cordero directed video for  Birthday Girl, starring porn star Sasha Grey.  […]

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