Wiz Khalifa Explains the 'Grueling But Awesome' Process Of Creating 'Reach For the Stars': Watch
It all started, Khalifa explains, when he flew producer E. Dan out to Los Angeles from Pittsburgh, Pa. to join him in the studio. “He’s my mentor, my OG, the person who taught me how to write songs and really gave me my first opportunity in the studio,” Khalifa says of the producer.
When E. Dan got to the studio, he played a beat which instantly inspired Khalifa to come up with a melody for the hook. Khalifa then smoked a joint, relaxed for a few minutes, and the lyrics started coming to him.
“I was like, man this is a really good idea,” the rapper says, noting that he saw the track as a motivational song that would make people feel good.
It was then that Steve Lobel, who manages Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, called Khalifa and said that he was with Krayzie Bone and that he wanted to work on a track with Khalifa. “I've been a huge Bone Thugs-N-Harmony fan forever,” he shares, adding that he has a tattoo of them on his leg and he has always looked up to them.
So Krayzie Bone came to the studio, and the pair smoked and chilled for a while, just talking and getting “the vibe.” Khalifa played a handful of songs for him to choose from, noting that all along, in the back of his head, he knew that “Reach for the Stars” was the one.
“[Krayzie] did his verse that night and I sat on that verse for maybe a month before I met the next Bone member to jump on,” Khalifa says of when Layzie Bone jumped on the track.
As for how the final pieces came together, Lobel called Khalifa to tell him that he had the three other members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony with him, so they stopped by the studio and recorded their verses on the spot.
“It was a really, really long, grueling process but it was awesome because I got to hear their verses over and over and over again,” Khalifa concludes. “And in the end, the song came together to be what it is.”
You can watch the video above to hear the full story of how Wiz Khalifa created “Reach for the Stars,” and listen to the song below.