Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Is First Hip-Hop Video to Reach 1 Billion YouTube Views

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, 2015
Bjarne Jonasson

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth photographed at The Gansevoort Presidential Penthouse in New York on April 30, 2015.

Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" just became the first hip-hop video to hit one billion YouTube views, proving its widespread impact as a touching tribute. The song, featured on Fast and the Furious 7: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, pays homage to the film's late and formerly leading actor, Paul Walker. 

The response is one well deserved, as shots of Khalifa and Puth are intercut with poignant ones of Walker and his FAF crew. 

The song's viral accomplishments are indicative not only of the genre's mainstream ascendance, but of Khalifa's ongoing commercial appeal and Walker's still-dedicated fan base. There's a sense of comfort that his legacy still lives on.