T.I. feat. Rihanna – Live Your Life

First Hit #1: October 18, 2008

A crowd can enliven a situation. Take a club banger like Live Your Life, lots of elements are kind of annoying on their own. The robotification of Rihanna, the whining about fame combined with bragging about how great it is to be T.I., it’s kind of grating on paper. But Live Your Life works because of the crowd shouting in the chorus, a fairly simple addition that recognizes a couple important things. One, the chorus is what people remember, and Live Your Life pours all of its energy into a chorus that is surprisingly infectious and exciting, entirely because of the crowd aspect. Two, it’s something that works great at a party, concert or club, it’s a crowd participation moment that can get people excited. It’s not a song for sitting at home on a blustery day, it’s for getting out and getting pumped, and it’s very good at pushing these aspects to the forefront. As a big chorus song, it’s not quite as exciting in the verses, but that is largely irrelevant, the chorus is what pushes you forward.

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One Response to T.I. feat. Rihanna – Live Your Life

  1. musicosity1 says:

    The best thing is its interpolation of 2003 sleeper hit Dragostea Din Tei (beginning 45 second into the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRx5PrAlUdY&feature=kp) by O-Zone, the only band or song anyone knows from Romania. It achieved internet fame through a YouTube clip of obese nerd Gary Brolsma jamming to it with much enthusiasm and no irony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60og9gwKh1o Trying to listen to this track without thinking of O-Zone or Brolsma is like trying to describe the distinguishing features of the man underneath Ronald McDonald’s makeup: I just can’t do it. The surface layer is too strong. I can tell you that TI raps some, and that Rihanna is autotuned again, but that’s about it. Still, another win for 2008.

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