“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.