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Cali Swag District Biography

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Birth Place: Inglewood, California
Years Active: 2010-present
Genres: Hip Hop

Cali Swag District is an American hip hop group from Inglewood, California founded by former Death Row Records artist Big Wy and Dairold Potts. The group's members include rapper-DJ C-Smoove and rappers, Yung and JayAre. Former mem ber Montae Talbert, known in the group as “M-Bone,” was shot and killed on May 15, 2011.

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,” in April 2010. It became a commercial success, peaking at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, #9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #6 on the Rap Songs chart. The song’s success led the “Dougie” to become one of the most popular dances of 2010. The song's follow-up, “Where You Are” samples Michael Jackson's 1972 hit, “I Wanna Be Where You Are.” The song managed to peak at #45 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #22 on the Rap Songs chart. The group's third single, “Kickback,” peaked at #91 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Due to album pushbacks, much of the “The Kickbac”k was re-worked, resulting in “Where You Are” being cut from it. 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 in July 2011. It was a Top 40 success on both the R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap Albums charts.