Aspiring to be the next breakout one-hit-wonder? Consider writing a song about a private jet. In particular, consider writing a song about a jet manufactured by American aeronautics firm Gulfstream Aerospace.
As demonstrated by Los Angeles-based eletro hop quartet Far East Movement, the formula is one for success. The group’s latest single, “Like a G6,” has propelled it to the top of the charts in the United States, spawning remix after remix and generating praise from an impressive lineup of hip-hop artists and club promoters alike.
But what’s a G6, you might ask? That’s where Gulfstream enters the picture. By most accounts, “G6” refers to the company’s flagship product line of private jets — the G150 through G650 — uber-luxurious aircrafts owned by some of the world’s wealthiest high rollers, corporate executives and bling-bearing MTV icons.
According to Far East Movement member Kev Nish, the song, which sounds roughly like a verse from a Ke$ha single set on infinite repeat to a GarageBand demo loop, is meant to one-up child-actor-turned-rap-artist Drake.
“A G6 is not a Gatorade flavor,” Nish told MTV News last month. “It’s not a car, convertible, four-door. It’s not a watch. But Drake, Drake talks about having G4 pilots on deck, so we said, ‘What’s flyer than a G4?’ Of course, it would be a G6.”
But the former "Degrassi" star and Far East Movement aren’t the only pop-culture phenoms to have paid homage to the multi-million dollar Gulfstream products. Boy band superstar Jesse McCartney referenced a “G5” in his chart-topping 2008 single “Leavin.”
It must be strange being the Cristal of airplanes, but Gulfstream seems to have taken a shining to its musical fame. According to representatives from the company, part of the Gulfstream’s orientation process includes having new employees listen to songs that mention Gulfstream products.