In this week’s episode of “How It Went Down,” Wiz Khalifa tells Billboard how “Reach for the Stars,” his collaboration with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, was created.
It all began, Khalifa explains, when he flew producer E. Dan out to Los Angeles from Pittsburgh, Pa. to hitch him within the studio. “He’s my mentor, my OG, the one that taught me learn how to write songs and actually gave me my first alternative within the studio,” Khalifa says of the producer.
When E. Dan received to the studio, he performed a beat which immediately impressed Khalifa to give you a melody for the hook. Khalifa then smoked a joint, relaxed for a couple of minutes, and the lyrics began coming to him.
“I used to be like, man this can be a actually good concept,” the rapper says, noting that he noticed the observe as a motivational music that will make individuals really feel good.
It was then that Steve Lobel, who manages Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, referred to as Khalifa and stated that he was with Krayzie Bone and that he needed to work on a observe with Khalifa. “I've been an enormous Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fan perpetually,” he shares, including that he has a tattoo of them on his leg and he has all the time appeared as much as them.
So Krayzie Bone got here to the studio, and the pair smoked and chilled for some time, simply speaking and getting “the vibe.” Khalifa performed a handful of songs for him to select from, noting that every one alongside, at the back of his head, he knew that “Reach for the Stars” was the one.
“Krayzie] did his verse that evening and I sat on that verse for possibly a month earlier than I met the subsequent Bone member to leap on,” Khalifa says of when Layzie Bone jumped on the observe.
As for the way the ultimate items got here collectively, Lobel referred to as Khalifa to inform him that he had the three different members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony with him, in order that they stopped by the studio and recorded their verses on the spot.
“It was a very, actually lengthy, grueling course of but it surely was superior as a result of I received to listen to their verses over and again and again,” Khalifa concludes. “And ultimately, the music got here collectively to be what it's.”
You can watch the video above to listen to the total story of how Wiz Khalifa created “Reach for the Stars,” and hearken to the music beneath.