Rapper M-Bone Of Cali Swag District Killed In Inglewood Drive-By

INGLEWOOD (CBS/AP) — Police say M-Bone of the Southern California rap group Cali Swag District has been killed in a drive-by shooting while sitting in a car outside an Inglewood liquor store.
The call came in at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Michael Marshall of the Inglewood Police Department.
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Authorities say “M-Bone”, 22, whose real name is Monte Talbert, was killed in the 400 block of north La Brea Avenue. Police say Talbert was shot twice in the head and was rushed to Harbor UCLA Medical Center’s trauma center where he was pronounced dead.

Talbert’s group, Cali Swag District, rose to popularity with their hit song, “Teach Me How To Dougie,” which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Seekers list. Talbert was from Inglewood.

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Police said the suspects fled the scene. Officials don’t know if the shooting is gang-related.

“Cali Swag District member Mante “M-Bone”Talbert was the victim of a random act of violence last night, Sunday, May 15th in his hometown of Inglewood, CA. As police are still investigating the shooting and untimely death we ask that anyone with information contact the Inglewood Police Department. Mante, aged 22, was the comedic entertainer of Cali Swag District (who helped launch “The Dougie” to mainstream audiences) and was an inspiration to his family, friends and fans. He was a hardworking, passionate artist and dancer that will be deeply missed,” Cali Swag Dsitrict’s management said in a statement Monday.

Anyone with information is urged to call Inglewood police detectives at (310) 412-5240.

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  • Senator

    Why wasn’t he taken to Cedar Sinai….Why all the way to Harbor, UCLA ?

    • Saber 1

      Because when your broke and no insurance, county hospital all the way.

    • ana

      Harbor UCLA is the best County Hospital for head/brain injury… The Neuro-surgeon TEAM are the best in the Nation….

  • Marco

    Actually Harbor is probably better equipped to handle that type of trauma.

    Don’t jump the gun with judgements yet.

  • armandol

    you can take theboy out the hood but you cant take the hood out the homeboy

    • Cali Love

      How do you know he was a hoodlum some rappers that come from the hood are just trying to make something out of themselves doing what they love. People kill me with the negative talk but let it be aomeone in your family and see how those thought suddenly change.

  • Vanessa B. L.A. Baby

    My prayers go out to his family and friends….we need to end the violence and unite as a Nation. Stop the Violence Increase the Peace. R.I.P. Montae

  • Hllyrpt

    Oh well come with the territory with these gangatra rappers or hip-hop groups.

    • Cali Love

      How do you know he was a gangsta dont believe everything that you hear on the radio people are not what they rap about they jsut say what people want to hear to get paid and make it from where they from. You realy sound like an idiot because this was a young man and dont know what the future could have had in store for him I hardly call a song about a dance gangsta rap.

    • tevin r.

      yeah thats really foul of you to say that you do not know if he was a gansta or not you dont know him and you shouldnt judge a book by its cover teach me how to dougie wasnt even a song about gang violence it was a dancing song so how can you judge him by the way he dressed?? R.i.p montae

  • Ms. Dougie

    Just because someone raps or is in a hip hop group does not give someone else the ok to shoot them. I hope the stupid idiot that shot him is found and charged to the fullest. RIP M-Bone. You’re going down in history in my books.

  • Cali Love

    this is someone one son you are talking about, a young man at that you dont know what kind of life he lived all you know is what you see on tv and that’s nothing beyond a video. This was a young man tryng to make it so if you have nothing positve to say then shut up

    • Roys moms lover

      Thug life is a short life

    • Loved


      • Trish

        well said, may his soul rest in peace!!

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  • TT

    obviously you are either under the age of 20, have no children – or just have no regard for human life whatsoever… this was someones CHILD – just starting his life, i dont know if he already had a family, but never got to see what the rest of it would bring – that was a pathetic comment.. – shame on you jim

    • sasa1973

      Shame on you JIMMY!!!!!!! I just feel if people don’t have anything positive to say don’t say anything at all!! Someone just had their son taking from them from some non sense!!! Just remember if you have kids or someone you love they can be taken away from you just like this. Be respectful of the family’s feeling. Truth do us a favor and keep your incoinsiderate comment to yourself

  • Drea

    Such ignorance in these comments. Cali Swag District is about as far away from “gangster rap” as you can get. They’re apart of a burgeoning group of West Coast rappers aiming to make hip hop fun and more inclusive. I’m not a huge fan but I appreciate that my students are singing this music more than something more detrimental. I don’t ask that everyone educate themselves on hip hop but if you don’t know anything about the music you should probably reserve judgments before commenting on a young man who lost his life in such a tragic manner.

    • Cali No More Swag

      And I quote from the song Teach me how to Dougie.


      Sounds like they are making hip hop more fun and inclusive. Good job!

      • tevin r.

        ok yes but they also made a good version older fans do not just want to listen to non-cussing music some fans like music with cussing its making music for the fans and what they want to hear … im sure you curse on a daily basis does that make you a bad person.. or does it make it right for you to be shot and killed??

  • Tracy

    I actually knew Montae he was a pretty good kid who liked to dance. Montae was raised by his grandmother who talked highly of this you man. Please save the negative comments if you did not know Montae don’t pass judgement you are not god only god can judge us. R.I.P Montae

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  • white and proud

    if you dont want to play the part, dont dress the part and dont hang out in the wrong parts. simple.

    • Cali Love

      I hope that you keep that same comment if somethig happens to a family memeber of yours. Innoccent people get killed daily for being in the wrong place at the wrong time so be crefully what you say because it can very easily happen to you. Bullets dont have names on them

      • cali truth

        apparently they do, and his name was m-bone. why was nobody else injured? you complain about other peoples ignorance, however it is you that wishes to hold the veil over truth.

      • ignorance-isnt-bliss

        maybe because no one else was in the car? why am i responding to stupidity?

    • VonB

      Oh, I can see how you are so right in your thinking; because every murder that has happened in this city happened in this neighborhood! You are brilliant!

  • bone thug

    sux that he died, i lost a good customer. FACT. m-bone loved him some Tina

    • Cali Love

      try a comment like rest in peace or prays for his family dont be ignorant with your comments.

      • DMAN

        Cali you are the crazy one, if you continue to battle ignorance with logic. The people that post here, are to scared to do it public without the assistance of spell checc!

  • timmy

    in agreement with jimmy

    • Cali Love

      @Timmy if you agree with him then abviously you share the same ignorance

    • timmy

      @Cali Love. you must be black. you use the word “ignorance” yet you fail to understand the meaning of the word. ironic.

    • DMAN

      I don’t doubt it Timmy..You clearly used them earlier..

    • timmy

      i’ve got a dictionary and thesaurus too

    • DMAN

      Hello Timothy, I’m Black and I think I have a pretty good grip on the word ironic, or its root irony. Let me try. Isn’t it Ironic, that a particular race, while viewing articles on a wide array of topics, feels the undying impulse to say the most ignorant statements when the story’s content involves any race with more melanocytes; all the while, claiming to be “educated” and “civilized”?

    • Just sayin

      timmy = jimmy hhmmm just sayin probably the same person. And I agree that you should keep the negative comments to yourself out of respect for his family. His lifestyle was clearly not the same as yours… or mine for that matter…My thoughts are with his family. Murder is still murder and it is wrong.

  • rjsmitty

    Teach me some dirty

  • BD McGee

    BFD- another brother gone- who cares?
    Rappers are just felons with a big paycheck.

    Buh bye

    • ignorance-isnt-bliss

      dumb ass. i was prepared to write something profound, but why? not like youre smart enough to understand it anywayz…

      • BD McGee

        I’m amazed you could spell “profound” boy, your momma help you write dat, yo?


    Compton, Long Beach, you know where it’s at..

    Inglewood, Inglewood, ..up to no good..

  • TD

    everyone is entitled to their own opinion and because u disagree is not for you to say how someone else should comment.

  • TIEA

    @ Cali Love, I’m glad not everybody in this world is as insane as Mr. Jimmy and Mr. Timmy!!!!! What the hell is wrong with people now a days????? A person dies and before his family can grieve, you have foolish people making foolish statements. How sad, this is what the human soul has been busted down to. If for whatever reason, God see’s fit to let something soooooo painful happen to one of their loved ones……I wonder how much sympathy and or empathy will they require? I wonder how many times will they cry unto the Lord “WHY LORD WHY”? I wonder how will they want their loved one to be remembered? Oh yeah, @ timmy boy….WHAT THE HELL DOES “YOU MUST BE BLACK” SUPPOSED TO MEAN???? ONLY THAT YOUR VERY RACIST BY YOUR COMMENT AND YOU SIR PROBABLY STILL LIVE AT HOME WITH MOMMA, OR ALONE!!!! GET REAL BUDDY THIS IS 2011, OBAMA HAS BEEN ELECTED YEARS AGO AND BIN LADDIN IS DEAD……WHAT CENTURY DO U LIVE IN?????

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  • TD

    peope can say what they want. just say ur peace and be done with it.

  • adolfo

    He was a Blood and got killed by Crips

    • DMAN

      Is this the Adolfo from Streetgangs.com lmao

    • TIEA

      Does that mean something???? We all are part of something that has an enemy….so I was a little lost by the statement. Does the fact of him being a Blood mean he doesn’t deserve the chance to GROW UP AND OUT of the GAME???? For all the rappers, singers, actors, police officers, judges, city council members, activist (any kind) and more than 85% of the WORLD can say, that they too was in or hung around some sort of GANG AND OR GANG MEMBER. I don’t mean any disrespect to you personally, you just made a point I’m sure plenty of people will comment on.

      • tevin r.

        I understand i do not not know if he was actually a gang banger my self because i dont go off of what others say but i get it if he was he shouldnt have been around there but we all make mistakes you do not know what he was doing out there, so you dont know if he should have been out there or not what if one of his family memebers were going to pass away and he wanted to just go visit her for her/his last days?? isnt that a reason to be out there?? yes soo you do not know if he should have been out there or not !

  • bendex

    yes he was a bloodgang banger, in inglewood california. he should have gotten out of inglewood. becouse he was on his way out. with his ticket to become some one.in life. I was 22 yr old I left inglewood in 1989 I rolled with the raymond crips . man I,am 45 yr old now. dooing ok. so if you can try to leave inglewood. you can do better elsewere.

    • TIEA

      That sounds like sound advice to our youth, through the truth. I too chose to leave my hood (PASADENA DLB), not because I wasn’t down…but knew i was on my way DOWN. Sometimes it’s hard, but we need more O.G.’S who got out, to keep it real with the kids about getting out and when is the best time. It’s terrible that some feel it’s better to die young for the hood, instead of living long enough to take care of the hood and the people in it. I thank you for your truth.

  • bangindman indabutt

    it is truly amazing to see how blind all these people are. ITS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT HE WAS INVOLVED IN THINGS HE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN.

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