As hip-hop continues to mourn the death of Cali Swag District member Mante "M-Bone" Talbert, MTV News asked Legacy and Ben J of
"What we feel can't compare to what the homeys Cali Swag District feel," Ben J said. "We knew him, we hung out with him, had a couple of times, and it was great times. Just the fact that I knew him, it kinda hurt me when I heard about that. I dropped a couple of tears, man.
"It wasn't his time, real talk. He had a lot of success to go."
New Boyz, like Cali Swag District, got recognition as part of the hip-hop dance scene that emerged out of California. The Boyz gained notoriety with their 2009 platinum dance single "You're a Jerk," and Cali Swag with their 2010 hit "Teach Me How to Dougie." The two groups would cross paths at radio stations and show venues during their respective promotional runs, and New Boyz even went on to appear in CSD's "Dougie" video.
"I think it's real messed up that somebody gotta hate on another person," Legacy said. "I don't really know the situation, but it never has to escalate to that. And dude was real talented. He was making money, having a good time, living his dream.
"My prayers go out to Cali Swag, M-Bone's family, everybody. Rest in peace, M-Bone."
On Sunday, Bone was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on La Brea Avenue in Inglewood, California. Police are still investigating the murder and are asking anyone with information to call its homicide division at (310) 412-5246 or its 24-hour anonymous hotline at (888) 41 CRIME or (888) 412-7463.
Stay tuned to MTV News for further details as this story develops.