Far East Movement Gets Sober Girls to Act Like They're Drunk in "Like a G6"
Oh, how much fun it is to use gibberish.
There is plenty of nonsensical vocab in Far East Movement's first hit single, "Like a G6," from "slizzard", to "sizzurp," to "808 bump"--partially in thanks to the hook from Dev's "Booty Bounce". It is as if the band took a cue from the Black Eyed Peas: sing about getting smashed and put it over a dance beat, and you've got a hit!
Not only does the group promote getting drunk in general, there is also a shout-out for drunk driving in the track, as Dev sings, "Sippin' sizzurp in my ride." Just for the record, anyone drinking in a car in California (where the artists are from) is illegal, even if it's just the passenger drinking. That is a pretty irresponsible message for these musicians to be promoting to their listeners, especially because anyone who would like this song has got to be super-impressionable.
The alcohol is what makes Dev feel just like a G6. Although the literal meaning of G6 is unclear (perhaps it means a jet?), the context of the song makes it seem that feeling like one means you are feeling pretty darn good. And it is sad that to feel so good and fly, you have to "pop bottles in the ice like a blizzard" first.
And merely sipping a single cocktail is not enough to give you confidence, so the song says. "When we drink, we do it right, gettin' slizzard," Dev sings. Just what is slizzard, you ask? It most likely means highly intoxicated. Why getting wasted is that attractive, who knows, but it has now become the basis for a Top 10 hit.
Far East Movement encourages the ladies in the club to "Drink, drink it up," because it is the cool kid thing to do. After all, "When sober girls around me, they be actin' like they drunk," one of the members raps. In other words, they be actin' like they're flirty and not-so-intelligent and may be willing to let the guys get it in--just like Far East Movement likes it. No serious, intellectual, thoughtful girls for this group!
Really, if you want to get with someone in FEM, you need to get your drink on often. "Girl, I keep it gangsta', poppin' bottles at the crib. This is how we live, every single night. Take that bottle to the head, and let me see you fly." These are people who party for a living, and while it is definitely fun to get tipsy from time to time, you have got to question just how real interactions are when they are constantly under the influence of alcohol.
The message in "Like a G6" is the most superficial out there right now, and it is grounds for date rape and drunk driving. The sad thing is, many people who like this song are not 21, but they are being told that to have fun, you have to drink alcohol. But hey, at least the band created some new jargon.
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