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Produced by the Smeezingtons, its composition began during a Smeezingtons freestyle studio session; when progress on the song stalled, Aaron Bay-Shuck considered it a potential hit and asked them to finish it. After the song was finished, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa were added. Some critics praised Mars' pop-nostalgia chorus and Snoop Dogg's rap but criticized Wiz Khalifa's rap performance due to being too rough. It was commercially successful, reaching the top ten in several markets including number seven on the Billboard Hot and number six in France and Switzerland ; it peaked at number two in New Zealand and number four in Australia. Its accompanying music video, filmed in Montclair, California in October , was directed by Dylan Brown. The song began when the Smeezingtons were experimenting in the studio, a process which usually starts when they get behind the mic and singing "until something sticks". Although the team thought "it was just a little something" which would never be heard, Aaron Bay-Shuck told them the song was a "smash" and they had to finish it. They liked the track, decided to record it and returned the recording to Mars who added finishing touches. Levine mixed the track at Levcon Studios.
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Cameron Jibril Thomaz born September 8, , better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in , and signed to Warner Bros. Records in His Eurodance-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in , becoming his first minor hit. Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. He is also well known for his debut single for Atlantic, "Black and Yellow", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot His debut album for the label, Rolling Papers, was released on March 29, He followed that album with O. In March , he released "See You Again" for the soundtrack of the film Furious 7 and the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot for 12 non-consecutive weeks. Sign in or Register.
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