The Hip-Hop community suffered another blow with the untimely passing of Cali Swag District group member M-Bone who was shot and killed late last night in his Inglewood stomping grounds. According to local police, no suspects have been apprehended as they continue to piece together clues in the senseless killing.
A rep for Cali Swag released a statement to MTV News expressing the loss of the beloved group.
“Cali Swag District member Mante ‘M-Bone’ Talbert was the victim of a random act of violence last night, Sunday, May 15th in his hometown of Inglewood, CA. As police are still investigating the shooting and untimely death we ask that anyone with information contact the Inglewood Police Department. Mante, aged 22, was the comedic entertainer of Cali Swag District (who helped launch ‘The Dougie’ to mainstream audiences) and was an inspiration to his family, friends and fans. He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed.”
Cali Swag District made a major impact on the hip-hop market last year thanks to their catchy single “Teach Me How to Dougie.” The track set off a rap sensation with the tune instructing fans how to perform the dance craze that sparked millions of followers. M-Bone was infamously known as one of the group’s prime dancers along with members DJ C-Smoove, Yung and JayAre.
Last year we caught up with Cali Swag at the height of their dance movement where the collective elaborated on the track.
“A friend of ours went to Texas Southern [University]. He picked up on the [Dougie] dance [and] he learned how to do it [the way] they do it in Texas,” C-Smoove recently told MTV News. “He came back like, ‘Y’all should make a song about this dance.’ So we made it happen. We went in the booth and we tore it down
The Inglewood Police Department is asking anyone with information to come forward and call its homicide division at (310) 412-5246 or its 24-hour anonymous hotline number, (888) 41 CRIME, or (888) 412-7463.
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