The song's accompanying music video, directed by Anthony Mandler, depicts a story of T.
I.'s rise to fame in a narrated form, featuring Rihanna performing in a dressing room and bar. explained Rihanna's incorporation progress into the song to Artist Direct, "It was a back and forth studio thing with Rihanna. I was just able to 'hear' her voice on this record.
Now, the story ends there until you start connecting some dots…
First of all, let’s bring in the storyline of the other main character of this modern tale of Sleeping Beauty, Rihanna.
With the latter, Rihanna became the first female artist to have five number ones in the 21st century.
"Whatever You Like" simultaneously occupied the number two position on the chart that week, marking the first time an artist has held the top two positions since Akon in 2006.
It entered the top ten in its third week on the chart, steadily rising over the following weeks culminating in its number two peak on December 8, 2008. It was also performed with "Run This Town" on Rihanna's Loud Tour (2011).
The song is a conscious hip hop track with elements of contemporary R&B. "Live Your Life" was a commercial success worldwide.
In the United States, "Live Your Life" debuted at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart week of October 11, 2008.
The song surged to number one the following week, setting a record for the highest jump to number one in history, a feat previously set by T. himself six weeks prior with his song "Whatever You Like" that jumped from number 71 to number one on the chart. I.'s second Hot 100 number one as a lead artist, and third overall, while it became Rihanna's fifth chart topper.
The duo performed "Live Your Life" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Dan Balan, Justin Smith, and Makeba Riddick whilst being produced by Just Blaze and Riddick. I could hear her, so I reached out and she said, 'Yes,' thankfully." The first unfinished version of "Live Your Life" leaked onto the Internet on August 26, 2008.
The song is featured in the 2009 film The Hangover as well as the trailer. The official mastered album version, which has Rihanna's own verse, and T.