Although Billboard and ?uestlove report on the song being dropped from the album, Rik Cordero shot a video for “Birthday Girl” somewhere out in Long Island this past weekend. The Roots were not there, but as previously reported, the video features Adult Film Star / Performance Artist Sasha Grey as well as, according to one attendee, some “weird/creepy dudes.” A few more stills can be found here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6.
The Roots’ collaborations with Rik don’t stop there, and not by a long shot. Over the weekend they agreed to shoot videos for songs “Criminal,” “Rising Up,” “Rising Down,” “Singing Man,” “I Can’t Help It,” “Unwritten,” and “I Will Not Apologize.” According to this plan, that basically leaves “The Show” (featuring Common and Truck North) and “Lost Desire” (featuring Malik B. and Talib Kweli) that won’t have videos. The first video to be shot will be “Rising Up” on April 14th. The Roots will not appear in all (or even most) of the videos.