Hip-hop artist M-Bone fatally shot after leaving studio, victim of 'random violence,' publicist says
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
Hip-hop artist Montae “M-Bone” Talbert , who died in a drive-by shooting Sunday in his hometown of Inglewood, was the victim of random violence, his publicist said Monday.
Greg Miller said Talbert, 22, was shot when he stopped off at a liquor store on his way home from the studio, where his group, Cali Swag District, was recording its debut album “Kickback.”
“It was a completely random occurrence,” Miller said. “This was a really good kid. He was not involved in mischief.”
Cali Swag District set off an international dance craze with their recording and video “Teach Me How to Dougie.” Talbert, a dancer and promoter before joining the group, was its “comedic entertainer,” Miller said.
“With this song they reached people of all demographics and celebrities,” Miller said.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Miller asked that anyone with information about the crime contact Inglewood police homicide investigators at (310) 412-5246.
Talbert was shot twice in the head Sunday night in the 400 block of North La Brea Avenue, said Lt. Steve Overly of the Inglewood Police Department. Someone pointed a gun out of a car window and fired multiple shots, hitting Talbert in the head twice.
He died later at a local hospital.
For the record, 6:40 p.m. May 16: A previous version of this posted misspelled Talbert's first name as Mante.
-- Gale Holland
Photo: Montae "M-Bone" Talbert of Cali Swag District performs during rehearsals for the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta Oct. 1, 2010. Credit: Paul Abell, PictureGroup / Associated Press