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Cali Swag District's M-Bone killed in drive-by shooting; police say motive unknown

May 16, 2011 | 11:43 am


This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.

Police have yet to find a motive in the fatal shooting of Cali Swag District's M-Bone, according to The Times' news blog L.A. Now.

M-Bone, born Montae Ray Talbert, 22, was shot twice in the head Sunday night in the 400 block of North La Brea Avenue while seated in the driver's side of a black car, said Lt. Steve Overly of the Inglewood Police Department. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

C-Smoove, a member of the group, tweeted, “Ma life changed drastically in the. Blink of an eye rip mbone.”

Cali Swag District's hit, “Teach Me How to Dougie,” was the center of a national dance craze that even had First Lady Michelle Obama moving; The Times profiled the group in March.

Cali Swag District had planned on releasing its debut album, "The Kickback," in May.

[For the record, 4:11 p.m. May 16: An earlier version of this post misspelled M-Bone's birth name. It is spelled Montae Ray Talbert.]


M-Bone shooting motive unknown, police say

Cali Swag District rapper M-Bone killed in Inglewood drive-by [Video]

Everyone's doing the 'Dougie,' but what's next for Cali Swag District?

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photo: M-Bone, left, JayAre, C-Smoove and Yung of the band Cali Swag District. Credit: Raquel Olivo