The credits for We The Best Forever state this tune was produced by THE TEAM. According to Khaled they comprise his engineer plus his mix engineer, Lu Diaz.
The song features Akon and B.o.B. Khaled explained their input to Billboard magazine: "When I heard the track, I felt like I needed to put Akon on there. Akon and I have always made great records. I felt like it ["The Life"] needed to be one of them records where it talks about the struggle, the life. Akon does that well with the tone of his voice. I wanted to put B.o.B because I felt like the track was calling for his vocals with the guitars. And [with] think the topic, it made sense. I've been following B.o.B and I respect his story. A lot of people slept on him when he first came out and he showed them. [He] became one of the biggest selling artists had number one records and touched different genres, so I had to respect him. I think it's a great record that all type of people can like - hip-hop, rock & roll people. Everybody will like it."