Whatever You Like
by T.I.

Album: Paper Trail (2008)
Charted: 47 1
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  • This set a Hot 100 chart record for the biggest leap to the top of the charts when it jumped from #71 to #1 in the span of one week on the Billboard magazine issue dated September 6, 2008. The previous long jump champ had been "Makes Me Wonder" by Maroon 5, which bounded from #64 to #1 in May 2007. T.I. told Billboard magazine in response to the song's huge leap: "I guess people like the song - I hope that's what accounts for it. I think it's a new sound for me, something people aren't necessarily used to hearing. It's one of those risky records. It just happened to work in our favor."
    This song held the record for six weeks before T.I.'s follow up "Live Your Life" leapt from #80 to #1 to replace it at the top.
  • This was T.I's first #1 as a lead artist. He'd previously contributed a rapped verse on Justin Timberlake's "My Love," which spent three weeks at the top in November 2006.
  • The song's debut-week sales of 205,000 downloads were the best to date by a rap track. T.I. broke his own record six weeks later when "Live Your Life" sold 334,000 digital downloads in its first week of availability.
  • This samples "Redemption," which was the opening and closing theme of the 1979 movie Rocky II.
  • Jim Jonsin produced this. Among his other production credits are "Lollipop" for Lil Wayne and "Show Stopper" for Danity Kane.
  • This was T.I.'s second song with this title. Previously he'd featured on and co-wrote a 2007 single "Whatever U Like" by the Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger.
  • T.I. told Rolling Stone that the album title was a direct reference to his return to writing down his lyrics on paper, a practice he hadn't engaged in since his debut. He explained: "It's called Paper Trail because for the first time since my very first album, I'm actually writing the lyrics down, pen and pad, old school style. I used to just listen to the music and go in the booth and rap. And now that I'm writing things down, I think it's a little more eloquent."
  • T.I. told MTV News that this was one of the first records he penned after his house arrest for weapons charges was over. The Atlanta rapper said: "I wrote that on the way from the airport. I really was just playing around. I didn't intend on making a hit single. I was just f---ing around."
  • In October 2008, Weird Al Yankovic released a parody of this song, also called "Whatever You Like." This was the first Weird Al Yankovic parody to have exactly the same name as the original. Similar to T.I.'s song, the parody deals with a man willing to give his girlfriend whatever she wants, the only difference being that Weird Al focuses on inexpensive things like clipping coupons, buying a bagel and going out to dinner at Burger King. It also marked the first time Al released a parody while the original song was still #1 on the charts. >>
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  • San Diego based singer-songwriter Anya Marina released a cover version with slightly edited lyrics, which entered the Hot 100 after it was featured on the November 10th 2009 episode of CW-TV's Gossip Girl.
  • Director Dave Meyers wanted to create a Pretty Woman-style fantasy for the music video, but instead of a prostitute being wooed by a wealthy businessman, it's a fast-food worker (Reagan Gomez-Preston) living the high life with T.I.

    The opening and closing scenes were shot at Pioneer Chicken in Los Angeles. Meyers told VH1's Pop-Up Video his biggest challenge wasn't renting the lavish props for the video - including luxury cars, jewelry, and a Malibu mansion - but making sure the rapper got home by 10:00 p.m., because he was still under house arrest for federal weapons charges.
  • The video features cameos from actor Jackie Long, stand-up comedian/rapper Lil Duval, music producer Jim Jonsin, and T.I.'s wife Tameka Cottle.
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Comments: 2

  • Marissa from Akron, OhMy ex-boyfriend (and the ex part was not my choice!) and I had a lot of songs that we listened to constantly: this was one of them. When it gets to the part about "big boy" something something, I always think about him. So now I listen to this song whenever I miss him really bad. It makes it worse but it hurts in a good way. I'm weird...
  • Valerie from None Of Ur Buisness!!, Bci like this song :) its got a nice beat, and its great to dance to! xD
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