I must’ve heard Far East Movement’s “Like a G6” enough times to last a lifetime during the Fall of 2010. I was a sophomore in college at that point, and during that specific period, I attended more than a few frat parties. While I enjoyed spending time with my friends pre-gaming and prepping to go out, the whole “frat scene” wasn’t really my style.
When I listen to “Like a G6” now, I think of all the things I hated about those parties – the grimy and sticky floors I stepped on, all the sweaty bodies I struggled to get through, the feeling that there was no air in whatever room you stepped in, losing my friends in a sea of people, the really cheap beer, the annoying drunk girls, the douchey bros – and that was all if I had the opportunity to get in, my friends and I were turned back a few times because of male to female ratios.
In a word, “Like a G6″ is…”trashy.” The whole song revolves around the concept of getting so drunk off of champagne and other various liquors that you begin to “feel so fly, Like a G6.” Oh, I get it, it’s a play on words because “fly” can mean cool and “fly like a G6” oh, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha….we were all fucking idiots.
So we can all agree that “Like a G6” is a party song, and pretty much only meant to be just that. Problem is that I wouldn’t even consider “Like a G6” to be a fun drinking or party song, of which there were more than a few during this same period of time. As a counterpart, I would say that “Like A G6” is thematically closest to the eternal classic that is LMFAO’s “Shots,” but it doesn’t even light a candle to that song because that song has Lil Jon screaming at you to drink, and uses humor and self-deprication to its advantage. “G6,” on the other hand, takes itself 100% seriously, and that’s about 100% too much – it is flat out lyrically and musically uninspired, not to mention goddamn tedious. For a song that’s only 3 minutes and 38 seconds long, that’s a problem.
“Like a G6” uses repetition and vocal effects in its chorus to sink its teeth into the listener, and while it may be fine for rocking a party where no one is really paying attention to things like time, inhibition, or one’s overall health, listening to it outside of that situation severely damages both the song itself and one’s enjoyment. Of course, some music is situational and context is important, but the fact that I couldn’t put this song on now, even as a joke, takes away from its importance in the long run.
And guess what, at the time that “Like a G6” (which featured singer Dev, and production from the Cataracs) hit #1 for three-non consecutive weeks during October-November of 2010, there wasn’t even a real G6 in existence. Gulfstream, the maker of private planes, had a G4 in their arsenal, but didn’t begin to make a G6 (known as the Gulfstream 600/650) until years later. As it turns out, the group only used “G6” to rhyme with the previous line that ends with “Three-six,” a reference to the hip hop group Three Six Mafia. Needless to say, Gulfstream loved the publicity, and making up a fake plane that didn’t even exist gave Far East Movement a number one hit, which, hey, props to them on that one.
As for the Far East Movement, they caught the public’s attention long enough to give other partiers like LMFAO a much wider audience as we headed into 2011, but not long enough to have another hit for themselves. Shame.