The “Furious 7” Paul Walker tribute is one of the more touching moments in cinema this year. It’s an emotional piece featuring Walker and Vin Diesel set to Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.” For Wiz, being a part of this sentimental moment was also quite special.
“To have the responsibility to do the Paul Walker record was really dope,” Wiz said during an interview with MTV News on Saturday at the Palladium in Hollywood, California.
In order to write the track, which is this week’s #1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100, Wiz said he tapped into the “Fast & Furious” series’ themes, which Walker clearly symbolized in many ways with his portrayal of Brian O’Conner.
"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,” Khalifa explained.
That last scene was also featured in Wiz’s Charlie Puth-assisted video for "See You Again," which was directed by Marc Klasfeld.
While Khalifa didn't mention how his personal life impacted his approach to "See You Again" during this interview, it was recently reported that the song helped him and his former wife Amber Rose agree to co-parent their two-year-old son Sebastian. Whether that's true remains to be seen, however it's clear "See You Again" is, at least, a major part of the "Furious" family's and Wiz is clearly proud.
He should be. The track is not only an emotional piece, it's also a serious hit. Aside from being #1 on the charts, the song also just broke two records on Spotify. On April 13, the cut shattered the single-day stream record with 4.2 million listens on the platform, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On top of that, “See You Again” also broke the most-streams-in-a-week record. And it looks like it'll continue to have an impact for the MC and the film, which is making its own mark in the box office history books.
So coming back for “Furious 7” was an honor for the Taylor Gang MC.
“For them to come back and add me to the movie again, their idea was sort of to make me kind of a character in the movie,” he said. “To make me part of the family with them.”
The word family has been used by many of the “Furious 7” cast members when referring to their team. It’s that closeness that allowed them to carry on with the film after Walker’s tragic death in 2013. At this year’s MTV Movie Awards, Vin Diesel paid tribute to his “brother Pablo” with a touching moment where he sang a portion of Khalifa’s “See You Again.”
With an eighth installment of the movie series likely to come, we might just get a chance to see Wiz and the "Fast" fam working together again.