Most of us will never fly in a private jet, but if we can’t live the dream, we can at least rap about it.
That’s thanks to the band Far East Movement, whose tune “Like a G6” has reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Far East Movement’s Kev Nish told MTV News that the G6 prominence in the song was inspired by some good old-fashioned artistic rivalry. In his song, “Forever,” the rapper Drake claims, “I know G4 pilots on a first-name basis.” Far East Movement knew they could do better — so they decided to sing about the “flyer” G6.
As “Like a G6” (formerly the No. 1 single on iTunes, currently No. 3) made the rounds online, employees at the Savannah-based jetmaker Gulfstream Aerospace began receiving links to the song. The company’s spokesman, Jeff Miller, said that they were “thrilled” about the enthusiasm for the product in the song, and they’ve enjoyed its wave of popularity.
The only problem with all the enthusiasm? The G6 doesn’t exist. The company’s line of planes ranges from the G150 to the G650, with each plane featuring the three-digit product number. Gulfstream believes the “G6” clearly refers to the G650, their top-of-the-line product.
According to Gulfstream, its aircraft were known by roman numerals until 2001, going up to V, and the G-IV first entered service in 1987. Drake’s song could refer to the now-renamed G-IV, which has been upgraded to the G400 and then G450.