Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Investigation continues in drive-by death of Cali Swag District rapper

Associated Press photo of M-Bone taken in October 2010 during BET Awards rehearsals.

Investigators are looking into leads regarding the weekend shooting death of M-Bone, one-fourth of the group Cali Swag District. The 22-year-old rapper, whose real name is Mante Ray Talbert, was killed in a drive by shooting outside of a liquor store, reported police in California.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Talbert was sitting in the driver's seat of his car when a car pulled alongside and gun shots were fired. He was struck twice in the head. A man sitting in the passenger side was not injured, according to Inglewood Police. The group's publicist stated that Talbert was the victim of a random act of violence.

"Teach Me How to Dougie" spent several months in the top 10 of Billboard's hot rap songs. The group also performed the dance on several television shows. Let's keep Cali Swag District and Talbert's family in prayer, as a senseless act of violence has claimed another young life.

Cali Swag District's hit "Teach Me How to Dougie" is based on the "Dougie" dance, which first appeared in Texas and is noted for its leaning stances, shoulder and arm movements. The dance was not only performed in dance clubs and the streets but by celebrities as well, from Wolf Blitzer to Washington Wizards star John Wall; even first lady Michelle Obama recently performed the dance as part of her "Let's Move" initiative.

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