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What is a G6?

Updated on August 13, 2011

Lots of People want to know, What is a G6?

G 6. If you've heard the extremely catchy lyrics in the popular song "Like a G6" you've probably asked "What's a G6?" You are not alone. The term "G 6" has been searched over a million times during the month the song rose to fame in October 2010. So what exactly is a G6?

Most probably, the term G6 refers to the model number of an Airplane made by Gulf Stream Jets (the exact name of the jet is a G650, but is shortened in the song). However, the story about the term "G6" and the origin of the song itself gets much more complicated as you dig into its past.

Here you'll find all the information to form your own opinion.

Update 5/16/2011: Updated info on the origination of the song.

Free Wired Album

"Like a G 6" is one of 10 songs

on the Album Free Wired

by Far East Movement.

Find the album here in MP3 form.

Photo 1: Barely noticeable are the airplane earrings worn by model, Erica Ocampo,

the band's assistant in the video. *The video is viewable on this page.

Photo 2: In the video at 1:27, a band member moves his hand in the air

simulating an airplane flying.

Photo 3: At the end of the video, band members board an airplane (7:30am),

described as a G4.

The song "Like a G6" was written and produced by The Cataracs, an "indie-pop duo" consisting of David "Campa" Benjamin Singer-Vine and Niles "Cyrano" Hollowell-Dhar (long names!). According to an article published September 1, 2010 in The Daily Bruin, Hollowell-Dhar states the wording "G 6" is "...open to interpretation, but I think when we were writing, David (Singer-Vine) wanted it to rhyme with three-six, which was a reference to the rap group, Three 6 Mafia, and he's like, 'Well there's a G5; why not take it to the next level and call it G6?' We made it up 'cause it sounded cool."

Hummm. That doesn't jive with the article from MTV when Far East Movement band member Kev Nish stated, "Drake talks about having G4 pilots on deck, so we said, 'What's flyer than a G4?' Of course, it would be a G6." Who's Drake? Drake is a Canadian recording artist who sings a song entitled "Forever". The song contains the lyric, "I know G4 pilots on a first name basis" apparently referring to the amount of time he spends traveling on airplanes. Thus the evolved term "G6".

If you thought all that was confusing...

Take about 10 steps backwards and meet Dev. If you've heard the song, you hear a female voice. Since all four members of Far East Movement are male, many people ask, "Who sings the song G6?" Well, it's a female singer named Devin Star Tailes, better known as "Dev". You'll see her in the video (viewable down the page) singing the all-too-catchy-chorus "Like a G6" over and over and over again. Hold on to your seats, because Dev has her own similar song entitled "Booty Bounce" (interestingly enough also produced by the Cataracs) which has the exact same lyrics near the middle of the song. *New information!: Yahoo Music blog reports that the phrase Like a G6 "was actually borrowed from Dev's song 'Booty Bounce.' "

If this Yahoo blog article is accurate, then Dev is actually the original original original one to use the phrase. The subject has created plenty of banter amongst YouTube viewers about who used came up with the lyrics and who used it first.

Photo used through Creative Commons from Flickr

*New: Also uses the term Like a G6 - "Rocketeer - See the video" - You'll also hear this popular lyric in

Far East Movement's "Rocketeer," the second single

released from their Free Wired album.

See an Interview with FEM

Band Members talk about Their Incredible Rise to Fame

These fellas are a likable bunch. See an interview with the band at the link below.

Official Video - Like a G6 - Far East Movement, with guest singer Dev, produced by The Cataracts,

What's the video about? Pretty typical for this style of music, age group and genre. Lots of references to drinking alcohol, partying, night clubs and girls.

Dev has her own similar song, Booty Bounce - You know - you dance and your Booty Bounces

You hear the exact same lyrics from Like a G6 in this song at 1:49.

This video has rapid flashes of light - if this bothers you, don't watch it!

Poll: So who do you think came up with the lyrics first? - Vote here!

Who was the first person/group to use the term

See results

Another article about this subject...

Keeping Track

Yahoo News has published an article about the lyrics to the song. This particular article does not mention Dev and her song Booty Bounce. You can read the article here: Far East Movement Explains Meaning Behind the Song

Gulfstream G650
Gulfstream G650

Want to know more about the G6 Jet Airplane?

OK

G6 is actually slang for G650, a jet airplane manufactured by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation headquartered in Savannah,GA.

Here's a snippet from the description at their website: "The Gulfstream G650® ultra-large-cabin, ultra-high speed business jet is, quite simply, the gold standard in business aviation. The flagship of the Gulfstream fleet flies faster and farther than any traditional business aircraft and envelops its privileged passengers in a level of comfort far greater than any other aircraft in its class.

Read more about the G650 here at Gulfstream or here at Wikipedia.

Have you heard this song? Did you know what a G6 was when you heard it? - Were you curious enough to look it up?

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    • calendarsblog profile image

      calendarsblog 6 years ago

      Personally I like Dev's version better. Perhaps that song too should be for sale here?

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      @calendarsblog: Thanks for stopping by. Yes, Dev's song is listed in the right hand column for sale. Amazon has it for $.99 currently. Another article about this subject I read just yesterday failed to mention her song and how it may fit in to the whole picture.

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      As the mom of a pre-teen, yes - I have heard this song. I really like the beat and added the song to my workout playlist. I didn't know what a G6 was and asked my daughter. She said that it is a really cool siper-plane like John Travolta owns. FAUBLOUS idea for a lens!

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      supermom_in_ny 6 years ago

      great lens!

      Love this song. Thanks for explaining that. I kind of figured it had to do with a plane. It really is a catchy song..

      Thumbs up from me!

      :)

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      From the moderator: This question was asked by a visitor in a a duel which has since been removed. I was able to retrieve it from my email. Annalise asked,

      "What's all this about, anyway?'' what the heck?"

      Answer: This article is about defining the lyrics to a popular song. The song had reached #1 on the pop charts and over a million people have searched for information on what the song is about. This article answers that question and also provides other information on the origination of the lyric, "Like a G6." Thanks for stopping by and your comment.

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      superhyperactive 6 years ago

      At fist, I didn't really care what's a G6. Then, one day my sister asked me what's a G6. And from that moment on I was curious and looked for the meaning of G6.

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      DressGoon 6 years ago

      Nice lens. I wondered the same thing for a while ha

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      pyngthyngs 6 years ago

      Thank you. I was wondering about this myself. I thought it was the Pontiac until you changed my mind.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If you look on youtube, at the dates the video's were uploaded, far east movement was before dev, so it's more likely to have been them than her.

      also, i still don't know what a g6 is, but it's a bloody catchy song though :D

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      TheProspectiveEconomist 6 years ago

      Arrrr thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the explanation!

      Also found this video on YouTube which shows a G6 jet in more detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAgOkfm8iEU

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      No idea. Thanks for the info.

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      TyGatti LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, I heard this song a little while ago at a party and I had no idea what a G6 is lol

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      ninthandash lm 6 years ago

      For the longest time, I thought it was about the Pontiac car..

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I was totally in the dark about this - well how about that, learned somethin' new today. My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      What a fab lens, so interesting and I had no idea what a G6 was, thanks! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I, too, thought this song referred to the Pontiac G6 vehicle. Wow, who knew it was the model of an airplane?

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      BrandonJames926 6 years ago

      Haha, funny idea for a lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      No, I haven't heard of G6 and know, I didn't know what one was (although your pictures gave a clue.) Well done & blessed.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Gosh! This lens makes me realize that I'm a total ignorant in the music field! I should definitely take some classes to learn more about "new" songs and bands!

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      I visited this lens because I didn't know what the term G6 meant, I do now, and I've been exposed to some new bands. I must live under a rock.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      that song is hella annoying and retarded

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What kind of glasses does Dev where in the Video?!

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      puzzlerpaige 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Marki,

      I've found them at 2 websites. But I can't find any reviews of those 2 websites to comfirm they are legit and trustworthy. You can take a look here and here:

      http://opticremix.bigcartel.com/product/clads-gold

      http://www.hbsunglasscompany.com/item/HB-Glendale-...

      These are definitely the same style, but look like knock-offs (12 for $23?). I've got an email in to a sunglasses distributor to get more info. If/when they reply I'll add that info here.

      If you do order them, let us know how the transaction went over and if you like the product. This post will stay up for others to look too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @puzzlerpaige: Definetaly the same style! Sweet, Ill hold on ordering until you get more information. Thanks Puzzlemaker

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I'm almost embarrassed to admit this, but I thought they were talking about the Pontiac G6.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a great idea to create a lens to answer a question like this! Congrats on having one of our most popular lenses, keep up the creative work!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens!!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Love the song and thanks for filling in the blanks. Enjoyed my visit! Blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      finally, i know what a g6 is!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      very interesting and well presented lens. ~blessed~

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      bboy131 lm 6 years ago

      Oh NOW I get it! This was bothering me for a long time lol. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wondered what the heck they were referring to for the longest time after I first heard this song! I finally looked it up a while back, but before that I had guessed it was maybe a type of car. LOL. This is a cool lens and gives good background info on the song meaning and the band members. This is one of my recent favorites too. Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was wondering what this ment for a long time, now i finally no!

      thank youu !!!!

      i never really had any idea, i kinda guessed it was a car or something, : )

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      After weeks of singing along to these songs, I thought to myself what the heck is a G6. ha so of course i googled it and learned it was an expensive plane. Great lens with much purpose!

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      lovelylashes 6 years ago

      No big surprise, I looked it up but I had a good idea of what the meaning was.

      *blessed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The chorus is probably a sample.

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      Irenebonjour LM 6 years ago

      haha nice!! I was wondering what G6 means... oh by the way, please check out my lens! I'm a composer and i'd posted my original compositions on my lens :D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you, I have always wondered about it. I thought it had to be a new drink someone came up with. and now I know.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well, I came expecting a harmony lesson ;) I never knew it was a plane.

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      Chardoo 6 years ago

      I had no idea what G6 was until now. I thought it might be a dance.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was in the dark and you turned on the light!

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      daedrea lm 6 years ago

      had no idea!

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      twilson17 6 years ago

      learn something new every day, thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      short but very informative lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes ive heard this song and no i did not know what a g6 was when i heard this song at all i just loved the song.

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      tyler70 5 years ago

      Great lens! Love the songs, just wish I could afford a G6 haha(:

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Your lens was so entertaining. I wasn't even looking for "Where does the G-6" lyric come from, but your title and opening paragraph pulled me in. Great, fun, creative writing. This was definitely a fun lens to read!

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      whoisbid lm 5 years ago

      Excellent and we all learn something new today ;)

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      GarciaGadget 5 years ago

      I never even thought to ask, lol. Good job, I liked it!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Entertaining Lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I thought it was referring to an hp Proliant server based on the G6 processor.. I guess it would be a bit dull though if the song was about servers :)

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      puzzlerpaige 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Dear Andrew from Nottingham,

      That is a first! Never heard of that before :)

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      nice lens thank you for sharing

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      NewCenturyComponents 4 years ago

      Great lens, keep it up. And check out the G650...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      that it was a pontiac g6

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