Though Mante “M-Bone” Talbert has been laid to rest, the remaining members of Cali Swag District said they will carry on his legacy with their work.
“We’re just focused on staying positive and doing what we were doing prior to this incident,” CSD’s C-Smoove told MTV News. “Basically, make M-Bone’s legacy and his name live on through us forever, as long as we do it. We don’t feel like this is a time for us to stop; we feel like this is a time for us to go harder.”
On May 15, M-Bone was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, California. While Cali Swag has been mourning, the group managed to drop its M-Bone dedication song, “How to Do That,” before burying its fallen comrade Friday .
Now, the group, who made its mark with the 2010 platinum single “Teach Me How to Dougie,” is readying a new mixtape, Deeper Than the Dougie, and said it will continue to rep for Talbert. “It’s gonna be a lot of tattoos and chains and all that,” Smoove said. “We’re gonna really make his name live on.”
The group also revealed that it won’t be adding any new members to replace the CSD dancer. “You see three people right here, but it’s still four people in the group,” Yung said. “M-Bone will be with us forever.”
Smoove added: “We won’t be replacing M-Bone. Nobody will ever be able to say, ’I’m the new fourth,’ and ’I filled in because of this.’ ”
Police are still investigating M-Bone’s murder and have made no arrests. They are asking anyone with information to call its homicide division at 310-412-5246 or its 24-hour anonymous hotline at 888-41-CRIME (888-412-7463).