Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," a single featuring and written by Charlie Puth off the Furious 7 soundtrack, spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first hip-hop music video to reach a billion plays on YouTube. Life to date, the record has been streamed 656M times on Spotify and is certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA.
Needless to say, "See You Again" is the biggest single of Wiz' 23-project, 12-year career—and it was almost Wale's record.
On Sunday (June 11), the veteran DMV emcee revealed on Twitter that, like Eminem and 50 Cent, he was offered "See You Again" before Wiz, but turned it down because "it was way too sad for me to write."
While there's no guarantee that "See You Again" would have become a smash hit if Wale—or any other artist not named Wiz Khalifa—was the featured artist, it was destined for success as a result of its connection to the Fast and the Furious franchise, the sudden and tragic death of star actor Paul Walker (to whom the song is dedicated) and Charlie Puth's undeniably heartfelt hook work.
Throughout his nine-year recording career, Wale has released a total of five studio albums and 26 singles. His highest-charting single is "Bad," which peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA in 2016.