Cali Swag District

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Cali Swag District
Cali Swag District.jpg
Cali Swag District performing in Anchorage, Alaska in October 2010
Background information
Origin Inglewood, California, US
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sphinx Music Entertainment, 319 Music Group, Capitol Records
Associated acts Jermaine Dupri, YG
  • Corey "Smoove Da General" Fowler
  • Chante "Yung" Glee[1]
Past members
  • Montae "M-Bone" Talbert (deceased)
  • Cahron "JayAre" Childs (deceased)

Cali Swag District is an American hip hop group from Inglewood, California,[2] founded by former Death Row Records artist Big Wy and Dairold Potts.[3] They are best known for their 2010 commercial debut single "Teach Me How to Dougie", which peaked at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


The Kickback[edit]

After originally signing with Capitol Records, Cali Swag District began to record their debut album, The Kickback. They released their debut single, "Teach Me How to Dougie", produced by Runway Star of The Makerz[4] production team on April 13, 2010. It became a commercial success, peaking at twenty-eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, nine on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and six on the US Rap Songs chart. The songs success led the "Dougie" to become one of the most popular dances of 2010. The song's follow-up, "Where You Are", was released on September 7, 2010. It samples Michael Jackson's 1972 hit, "I Wanna Be Where You Are".[5] The song only managed to peak at forty-five on US R&B charts and twenty-two on US Rap charts. The group's third single, "Kickback", was released on January 18, 2011. The single peaked at ninety-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Due to album pushbacks, much of The Kickback was re-worked, resulting in "Where You Are" being cut from it, making "Teach Me How to Dougie" and the title track its first two singles.

With the album delayed and the future of Capitol Records parent company, EMI, unclear, CSD requested to be released from their contract with Capitol. The group eventually signed with Sphinx Music Entertainment/319 Music Group and The Kickback was distributed by Sony/RED on July 12, 2011.[6]

Death of M-Bone[edit]

Montae Talbert, known in the group as "M-Bone", was shot on May 15, 2011.[7][8] The 22-year-old rapper was the victim of a drive-by shooting in Inglewood. M-Bone was in his car after visiting a local liquor store when he was shot twice in the head. He was brought to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.[9] Three days after M-Bone's death, Cali Swag District premiered the song,[10] "How to Do That", in his honor.[11] The song was included on their mixtape, Deeper Than the Dougie.[12]

Montae "M-Bone" Talbert
Montae "M-Bone" Talbert dances with a fan during a performance at Club Millennium in Anchorage, Alaska the morning of October 24, 2010.
Yung of Cali Swag District during a concert at Club Millennium in Anchorage, Alaska on October 24, 2010

Death of JayAre[edit]

Cahron Childs, known in the group as "JayAre", died on June 6, 2014.[13] According to a source, the rapper JayAre suffered from sickle cell anemia. He was admitted to the hospital after he had a seizure in his sleep. While in the hospital, JayAre fell into cardiac arrest and died at the age of 25.


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
The Kickback
  • Released: July 12, 2011
  • Label: Sphinx Music Entertainment, 319 Music Group
  • Format: CD, digital download
35 21
"—" denotes a title that did chart, or was not released in that territory.


  • Deeper Than the Dougie (2011)
  • Rns: D&G Lyfestyle Mixtape (2012)
  • Fast Lyfe In Slow Motion (2012)
  • The District (2014)


Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Teach Me How to Dougie" 2010 28 9 6 RIAA: 2x Platinum[14] The Kickback
"Where You Are" 45 22 Non-album single
"Kickback" 2011 91 The Kickback
"Burn Out (Drive Fast)" 97
"She Gettin It"
(featuring E-40)
Non-album single
"Shake Somethin"
(featuring Tiffany Foxx and Problem)
2013 We All We Got (shelved)
"Twerk It
(featuring TeeFlii)
"The Way I Lean'"