Hell Of A Life is the second single from T.I.‘s re-release of Paper Trail: Case Closed EP. The track is produced by Jim Jonsin and elements of Danja. Paper Trail: Case Closed is a second extended play by hip hop artist T.I., released on August 28, 2009 only in United Kingdom. It was originally going to be released as a reissue of his album Paper Trail, but finally was leaked digitally as an EP.
The re-release issue of Paper Trail was scheduled to be released on August 18, 2009, and would contain five new songs. The release was tentatively titled Paper Trail: Case Closed. T.I. stated that “Like I Do” featuring The-Dream and “My Dear” featuring Ciara were two possible tracks. Rob Knox, the co-producer of “Dead and Gone”, was first to announce the re-release. Knox also said that the first single off the re-release would be another song produced by himself and Justin Timberlake.
A video for “Hell of a Life” was shot and was to be featured on the re-release.
On July 14, 2009, a spokesperson for Atlantic Records told MTV that the re-release was shelved indefinitely and the additional songs will be released digitally. In July 2009, an EP was released in the UK titled Paper Trail: Case Closed EP and featured the three original Paper Trail singles, “Remember Me” and “Hell of a Life”. The music video for “Hell of a Life” was released on his website and is the second single.