The Way Life Goes (song)

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"The Way Life Goes"
The Way Life Goes cover.jpg
Cover art for the official remix
Single by Lil Uzi Vert featuring Oh Wonder
from the album Luv Is Rage 2
ReleasedOctober 3, 2017 (album version)
November 2, 2017 (Remix)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2017
GenreEmo rap[1]
Length3:41 (album version)
4:28 (Remix featuring Nicki Minaj)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Lil Uzi Vert singles chronology
"RAF"
(2017)
"The Way Life Goes"
(2017)
"Wanted You"
(2017)
Oh Wonder singles chronology
"High On Humans"
(2017)
"The Way Life Goes"
(2017)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"MotorSport"
(2017)
"The Way Life Goes (Remix)"
(2017)
"Plain Jane (Remix)"
(2017)
Music video
"The Way Life Goes (Remix)" on YouTube

"The Way Life Goes" is a single by American rapper Lil Uzi Vert from his debut album Luv Is Rage 2 (2017). The song was released as the album's second single to urban contemporary radio on October 3, 2017. The track was produced by Ike Beatz and Don Cannon, and features vocals from the British indie pop group Oh Wonder sampled from their 2015 song "Landslide".[2] The remix to the single was released on November 3 with a guest appearance from American rapper Nicki Minaj.[3] It peaked at number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Remix[edit]

A remix to the single was released on November 3, 2017, with a guest appearance from American rapper and singer Nicki Minaj.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"The Way Life Goes" debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the chart dated September 23, 2017. In mid-December of the same year, it reached its new peak of 24 following an upsurge sparked by the Nicki Minaj assisted remix and visual.

Critical reception[edit]

Paul A. Thompson of Pitchfork opined that "'The Way Life Goes,' which is produced by Don Cannon and Ike Beatz. Uzi opens with a brief introduction to the other half of his failed relationship, punctuated with, "I like that girl too much, I wish I never met her." From there, he launches into a full interpolation of the first verse from Oh Wonder's "Landslide": "I know it hurts sometimes, but you’ll get over it/You’ll find another life to live." Uzi's less interested in the granular drama of the breakup than in the fallout, the moment three or four days later when reality starts to set in."[5] The song samples Oh Wonder's "Landslide".[6]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from YouTube and Tidal.[7]

  • Don Cannon – production
  • Ike Smith – composition, production
  • Symere Woods – composition
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing
  • Michael Piroli – mixing
  • Kesha Lee – engineering
  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • David Skinner - graphic design

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/see-lil-uzi-verts-moody-the-way-life-goes-on-colbert-203840/amp/
  2. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Samples A London Indie Duo On His New Song "The Way Life Goes"". Genius. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. ^ Breihan, Tom (November 3, 2017). "Lil Uzi Vert – "The Way Life Goes (Remix)" (Feat. Nicki Minaj)". Stereogum. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  4. ^ LIL UZI VERT (2017-11-02), Lil Uzi Vert - The Way Life Goes Remix (Feat. Nicki Minaj) [Official Audio], retrieved 2017-11-05
  5. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert: Luv Is Rage 2 Album Review". Pitchfork.
  6. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Samples A London Indie Duo On His New Song "The Way Life Goes"".
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi2XaiKhgiU
  8. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #446". auspOp. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Lil Uzi Vert – The Way Life Goes". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved January 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Lil Uzi Vert and Nicki Minaj – The Way Life Goes". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 14, 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type The Way Life Goes in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Lil Uzi Vert – The Way Life Goes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 12, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.