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Cali Swag District Says Dance Songs Are 'Not Our Image'

Hate it or love it, escaping from the Cali Swag District’s breakthrough record “Teach Me How To Dougie” is damn near impossible. Embraced by Top 40 radio stations across the country and spun almost as a necessity by any of your favorite club DJs, the Doug E. Fresh inspired track was actually the first time the group ever laid their vocals together.

“'Teach Me how to Dougie' was the very first song that we recorded as a group. And after it took off we knew that our chemistry was golden,” says CSD’s Yung.

C-Smoove chimes in: "One of my friends actually put us on to the 'Dougie'. He’s from Inglewood but was staying down in Texas and when he came back he told us how popular the dance was down there.”

Adding their West Coast flavor to the song and accompanying dance was a no-brainer for Inglewood-born quartet (C-Smoove, Yung, JayAre & M-Bone). The group formed when an acquaintance by the name of Big Wy suggested the childhood friends pursue their musical calling as a crew.

“We grew up together in the same neighborhood and one day we met out manager Big Wy who helped us mesh together as a group, musically. Same schools, same friends—we all lived walking distance from each other. I was still working at Food For Less before we signed our deal. Yung was in school still,” says C-Smoove, the self-proclaimed leader of the group.

Having been embraced by artists from all genres of music including Katy Perry, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and Robin Thicke, Cali Swag District admits their true shining moment came from none other than the originator, Doug E. Fresh,

“It was definitely a career highlight to get on stage with the legend," C-Smoove said. "We all felt honored to get embraced by Doug E. He made sure to tell always make sure we have fun with our music."

 

Currently, the boys are busy balancing their undeniable “teen rap” appeal and the thirst to be taken serious as artists. Though "Dougie” put them on the hip-hop radar, the group insists that the dance rap image is not for them.

“Our fear was having people think that we’re rap a group that just makes dance songs," says JayAre. "That’s not our image.”

“We want to be a group for everybody," says Smoove. "Not just one demographic of fans. Our album is just how we felt at the moment. The album is titled The Kickback because we were literally having parties’ everyday. Every song was based on our mood of that day. It was all about having fun.”

 

Cali Swag District’s debut album is set for a Nov. 9 release date on Capitol Records. —Mikey Fresh

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Lauren London Marks 1-Year Anniversary Of Nipsey Hussle's Death

As Lauren London continues to grieve over the death of her longtime love, it seems that writing has become a form of therapeutic release for the  mother and actress. London shared an emotional message on Instagram on Tuesday (March 31) in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Nipsey Hussle’s death.

“Time is deceptive,” London wrote. “It’s been a year since you transitioned. The pain is as heavy today as it was a year ago. God knows I would give anything to see you again. I didn’t think I was going to survive a second of any of this. Prayers have kept me together. The kids keep me going and [God's] Grace and Mercy have carried me this far.”

London noted that she now stands strong, thanks to Hussle. “Because I know you wouldn’t have it any other way. Because I recall every late night conversation we had about resilience and fear. Because you were my greatest teacher and because you are still with us, in spirit.”

In closing, London vowed to continue to honor her late partner, with whom she shares a son, Kross. “I carry this pain with a purpose. I promise I will make you proud. I promise to apply everything you taught me. In life and in death, Ermias Asghedom, there will never be another. Until we are together again....I love you beyond human understanding ( but you know that already).”

The 33-year-old rapper, activist and entrepreneur was shot to death in front of his Marathon clothing store on March 31, 2019. Hussle’s accused killer, Eric Holder, is expected to go to trial next month.

Read London’s full post below.

 

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Time is deceptive It’s been a year since you transitioned The pain is as heavy today as it was a year ago God knows I would give anything to see you again I didn’t think I was going to survive a second of any of this Prayers have kept me together The kids keep me going and Gods Grace and Mercy have carried me this far As today makes a year I stand strong because of you Because I know you wouldn’t have it any other way Because I recall every late night conversation we had about resilience and fear Because you were my greatest teacher and because you are still with us, in spirit With every breath i take I honor you I carry this pain with purpose I promise I will make you proud I promise to apply everything you taught me In life and in death Ermias Asghedom There will never be another Until we are together again.... I love you beyond human understanding ( but you know that already)🏁

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Ice Cube’s Big3 League To Launch Quarantined Basketball Tournament

Ice Cube and the Big 3 League have come up with a plan to continue entertaining basketball fans quarantined due to the current global pandemic. Cube and the league are partnering with the producers of Big Brother for a “quarantined reality hoops tournament” kicking off in early May, the rapper and entrepreneur announced on Twitter last Thursday (March 27).

Continuing to change the game every day. @thebig3 is partnering with the producers of Big Brother to launch a quarantined reality hoops tournament in early May. pic.twitter.com/On3O8on4lH

— Ice Cube (@icecube) March 27, 2020

According to Yahoo! Sports, Cube and Big 3 co-founder, Jeff Kwatinetz, have been in talks with multiple networks to broadcast the tournament. The three-on-three tournament will reportedly include 16 to 22 players, all of whom have tested negative for coronavirus, and will be quarantined in Los Angles home, courtesy of the Big3 League. Cameras will capture the games and the players’ daily lives. The production crew will be housed at an offsite location.

Players will be eliminated after netting three losses. The top three remaining players will win millions in cash and prizes.

Kwatinetz said that the goal is to provide fans with a “safe, entertaining brand of basketball” to help get through the pandemic.

“Cube and I have been in the entertainment business for 30 years. This is our job,” Kwatinetz explained. “People want to be entertained with all we’re going through and enjoy our sports. We think this will help.”

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Lizzo Surprises Hospital Staff Around The Country With Free Lunch

In a show of appreciation amid the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Lizzo treated hospital staff to free meals. The Grammy-winning singer donated meals to various hospitals around the country on Monday (March 30).

“We wanted to send lunch to hospitals around the county to show our appreciation for the medical workers,” reads a video message posted on Lizzo’s Instagram account showing photos of medical workers receiving their free meals.

The donation helped feed staff at Seattle’s University of Washington, M Health Fairview in Minneapolis, UW Health in Wisconsin, and Henry Ford Hospital, which is in Lizzo’s hometown of Detroit.

“I just wanted to say thank you for all that you’re doing during this pandemic it’s definitely not easy and you guys are putting yourself on the front line,” Lizzo said in a special shout out to Henry Ford Hospital. “Because of that, I wanted to treat ya’ll to a meal and I really hope that you guys enjoy the food. We did everything we could to keep it safe for ya’ll. Lunch on me. I love you guys thanks for being the heroes in this story.”

SURPRISE! @lizzo treated our ER staff at #HenryFordHospital to lunch today and shared a message of thanks to our #HealthcareHeroes on the front lines. #Lizzo, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for making our day brighter with your generosity. 💙 pic.twitter.com/sM5H8DIImg

— Henry Ford News (@HenryFordNews) March 31, 2020

Along with her donation, the “Truth Hurts” singer also encouraged her Instagram followers to donate to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund benefitting the World Health Organization.

 

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S/O to our heroes ❤️ https://covid19responsefund.org/ 👈🏾to donate, if you can ❤️

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