Multiple times chart-entering rapper Wiz Khalifa teamed up with debutant Charlie Puth to write a song for the anticipated Furious 7 movie. Given the tragic death of Paul Walker in 2013, one of the movie’s protagonists, See You Again serves as a eulogy dedicated to the actor. The song is featured is the last scene of the movie.
Puth, who wrote and plays the piano and the chorus explained his inspiration behind the song: “I was originally writing thinking about the movie, but midway through I realized it was also about my friend who passed away in a very similar way to Paul. What’s crazy is that my co-author also had a personal tragedy, which I didn’t know at the time. When we finished writing it, it was a very powerful moment.”
Khalifa raps the verses and recently told MTV News: “To have the responsibility to do the Paul Walker record was really dope. I basically thought about what the movie stands for as far as family and the brotherhood, and of course, using the metaphor of the last ride and the last race because of that last scene.”
In another interview, Wiz described the song to Buzzfeed as “more somber than you might expect”.
See You Again spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100, first being dethroned by Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood (featuring Kendrick Lamar) and second by OMI’s Cheerleader.