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NL Interview: Cali Swag District Want To Do More Than Teach You How To Dougie On Debut Album

Chances are you couldn’t visit a club this summer without hearing “Teach Me How To Dougie” by Cali Swag District. The California-based rap group took a dance that originated in Dallas, TX and turned it into a pop culture phenomenon with everyone from Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and even the cast of Glee getting into it.

While the guys are extremely happy with the success of their debut single, they vow to offer much more than a dance song a lot of younger fans gravitated to on their debut album. “We make music for everybody,” CSD frontman Smoove told Neon Limelight in a phone interview. “The main attraction [to “Teach Me How To Dougie”] were kids, so we came out with other music that was for more than just kids….We do all different types of genres. Our style is real diverse.”

Smoove, along with the other CSD members Yung, JayAre, and M-Bone, describe their sound as “Cali Swag sound,” and the song they hope will grab more adult attention is their second single, “Where You Are,” which features a sample of the early Michael Jackson hit, “I Wanna Be Where You Are.”

“Our manager presented the track to us and it was a no-brainer,” Smoove said of using the sample. “It’s a song that we all like and Michael Jackson is an artist that we all love. We didn’t have a choice — we didn’t want to have a choice!”

“Where You Are,” from their debut album, The KickBack, due October 12, is being touted as CSD’s “crossover” song. “‘Dougie’ was kind of made for the kids, but this song is for everybody, from the youngest to the oldest,” Smoove said. “We put that song out to reach every radio station, every state, country, worldwide.”

At the end of the day, Smoove says the group just wants to offer their fans “fun” music. “Our image is all about fun,” he said. “Whether it’s through a dance song or a song about having a kick-back, it’s all about fun. That’s what we go for. At the same time, we really do make those songs where people can feel and relate to.”


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