'Like a G6' creators Cateracs explain the meaning behind their hit song

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Niles Hollowell-Dhar and David Benjamin Singer-Vine of the Cateracs
When I bumped into the Cateracs on the red carpet before the MTVu Woodie Awards on Wednesday night, I couldn't resist cornering the up-and-coming hip hop duo about the origins of their mega-hit with Far East Movement, "Like a G6."

After all, our post "Like a G6: What Does it Mean?" has consistently been one of the most popular posts on the Gimme Noise blog posts for the past few months, with folks from all around the world navigating to our post to try to dissect the meaning behind the song.

"I mean, you have Shakespeare and then you have 'Like a G6,'" songwriter David "Campa" Benjamin Singer-Vine explained, laughing to himself as he spoke. "But really, feeling 'fly like a G6,' it's supposed to symbolize, like, an uber confidence inside of you. And just sort of optimism, you know. Just sort of positivity. And every individual can interpret it their own way. Even if you do go for the straight literal sense, a G6 jet made by Gulfstream, you know, I mean, jesus -- you gotta be pretty fly to get in one of those, you know what I'm saying?"

"So that's starting at the ground up, but honestly, it doesn't represent any material objects," he continued. "It's all to your imagination."

The duo also wanted to pass along that they are in the midst of creating their first album as the Cateracs, with a new single, "Top of the World," set to drop on March 22.

"'Top of the World' is the world's introduction to Cateracs," explains Singer-Vine's partner, Niles "Cyrano" Hollowell-Dhar. "Because we spend so much time making other people's music, from 'G6' to 'Back Seat' and the Snoop Dogg song, now we have our own song, and we're going to introduce ourselves to the world and kind of show people what we're about."

Once I told Singer-Vine where I was from, he was quick to send his salutations to my hometown. "Shout out to Minneapolis, man. That's in Minnesota, right? [laughs] Shout out to Minnesota, man. I went to school in Chicago for a year, met a lot of Minnesoteans. Is that how you say it? Minnesotans. You're a special breed of American, trust me."

I asked Singer-Vine if he followed any artists from Minnesota. "Atmosphere," he said, without missing a beat. "Legendary. 'Dirty Girl' -- it's an anthem."


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