Why Am I Addicted to “Birthday Song”?
2Chainz’s “Birthday Song,” which features Kanye West, is getting the ‘repeat’ treatment from myself. The question that I ask myself is WHY? W-H-Y? “Birthday Song” is just another song in a ‘birthday’ series that has struck my fancy. First it was “Birthday Sex” by R&B artists Jeremih, then it was the addictive, naughty “Birthday Cake,” performed by Rihanna and later a remix featuring Chris Brown furthered the naughty fun. Now yet another saga, “Birthday Song” has lured me into its ‘magic.’ Not to mention, my birthday is a week away! Ultimately, “Birthday Song” is quite laughable, and for several reasons.
After his introduction, 2Chainz barrels right into nothing short of one of the stupidest hooks ever: “They ask me what I do and who I do it for/and how I come up with this sh*t up in the studio/all I want for my birthday is a big booty ho/all I want for my birthday is a big booty ho…” OK… And it continues: “…When I die, bury me inside the Gucci store/when I die, bury me inside the Louie store…” So 2Chainz is looking for a hookup for his birthday and when he dies, which he seems to obsess about throughout the song, he wants to be ‘buried’ inside the Gucci (clothing) store and/or the Louis Vuitton store. Okay then.
On the first verse 2Chainz continues to reference ‘booty’ and the respective stores he wants to be buried in, this time the ‘jewelry’ and ‘Truey’ stores. He also wants to be buried next to two girls, not just one. Kanye West references ‘money’ as well, via dropping references to buying his girl a BMW and of course clothing/jewelry stores. West doesn’t look for ‘booty,’ but justifies why a man should, well you know… The two join forces on the third verse, in which 2Chainz chants “It’s your birthday, it’s your birthday/Bad b**ch contest, you in first place…” Again, the references oscillate between money and ladies.
So, “Birthday Song” is ultimately one guilty pleasure. It’s not deep lyrically, particularly since the two themes are girls and material things whether it be jewelry or clothing. But then, we must remember that 2Chainz was formery Tity Boi of Playaz Circle, not exactly the most intellectual group. But 2Chainz never professed to be Nas right?