Jermaine Dupri Recalls M-Bone's Impact On Cali Swag District

The Hip-Hop community is completely shocked and saddened at the senseless killing of Cali Swag District member M-Bone, who was gunned down last night in his Inglewood, CA neighborhood. M-Bone was shot two times in the head by an assailant while sitting in his vehicle. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Over the course of the day fans around the globe shared their sentiments about the dancer who brought his unique style to the group, propelling them as one of rap's most promising collectives with their playful, feel-good tunes courtesy of their hit song "Teach Me How To Dougie." From Los Angeles, to Dallas, to New York, Cali Swag had everyone doing the "Dougie."

A fellow rap peer who had the pleasure of working with M-Bone on the group's remix for "Dougie," Jermaine Dupri, reflected on the fallen star's position within the group.

“I believe that he was the one that they all looked to to learn how to do the Dougie" said the platinum producer. "Everyone was about it, but he was the one who went hard with it.”

According to Dupri, M-Bone was one of the members from Cali Swag who brought the Dougie back to the group and the West Coast region.

“That’s my most significant memory about him…he was one of the main dudes who brought the dance back to them. The dance originated in Dallas and was brought to Cali. The members of the group are not from where the dance is from. He was the one who was really killing the Dougie."

JD noted that although M-Bone didn't lend his vocals on records, the dancer was considered an integral part of the Cali Swag movement.

"He was instrumental at showing people the dances. He was the main inspiration behind the creative dances that ultimately defined the group. He was the fourth member, who didn’t rap, but played his position by taking the lead on creating unique dances."

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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