The hottest song of 2010, Teach Me How to Dougie came from four youngsters from the West Coast called Cali Swag District. Smoove, Yung, JayAre, and M-Bone make up Cali Swag District and their platinum selling single Teach Me How to Dougie became such a huge hit that it took on a life of its own. Musicians, athletes, and celebrities such as Justin Bieber, John Wall, Glen Davis, and Kim Kardashian have all done the Dougie.
Cali Swag District is out to prove that they’re more than just a one-hit wonder with their new single Kickback. Kickback is another infectious party record that’s sure to keep dance floors packed in 2011.
I got the opportunity to ask CSD about the group’s influences, their goals in the music industry, and the success of Teach Me How to Dougie.
SS: Who is Cali Swag District?
Smoove: We are all from Inglewood, California, and we grew up together. We were all working independently on solo projects, and were discovered by our visionary Big Wy who brought all of our solo projects together to make Cali Swag District. Now we are four young and energetic guys who love to make music and put on a dope show.
SS: Are you surprised by the success of Teach Me How to Dougie?
Smoove: We are all beyond surprised and very thankful to be in the position we’re in. It started out as something fun to do and just because, and it turned into a great success. We even see Barbara Walters doing the Dougie now, it’s just bigger than we ever imagined.
SS: Have you spoken to Doug E. Fresh about the song?
JayAre: Yeah, we had nice long convo at Doug’s house in his studio. He’s very supportive, and he’s a veteran in the industry so he’s now like a mentor to us. We’ve even performed with him, which was a great honor.
SS: Who are some of your musical influences?
Yung: Our visionary Wytony Dillon [Big Wy] is our main influence because he molded us into the artists we are today. Jay-Z and Lil’ Wayne of course have also had an impact on our music, and 50 Cent because of his ability to hustle, his work ethic and business sense.
SS: Tell me about the new single Kickback.
JayAre: A Kickback is basically a party held at someone’s house or location by invitation only. It’s kinda like a house party–we chill, and listen to music. Females are a must! The new single describes this. We threw a kick back every time we recorded a new song. We’d invite all the homies and females of course, and let them listen to our new material. If people liked what they heard, it made it to the album.
SS: Your upcoming album is also titled Kickback, what can fans expect to hear on your debut album?
Smoove: The fans can expect to hear our range in music and really see how diverse we are. The album is full of fun and pretty much for the ladies. Everyone knows us for the Dougie but we have so much more music and so much more lyrics and fun to offer. We are rappers, and you will be able to see our depth on the album.
SS: When will we hear the album?
M-Bone: February 2011.
SS: It’s hard to clear a Michael Jackson sample these days; will Where You Are be on the album?
M-Bone: Yes, it will be on the album. Michael Jackson is a mutual musical influence to all of us, so we were very blessed to have had it make it to the album.
SS: What’s your ultimate goal in the music business?
Yung: To continue to make music that the fans love, and we believe in. We want to be successful, and continue to let Cali Swag District grow.