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Last night, in Inglewood, California, hip-hop artist M-Bone was killed in a drive-by shooting. He was 22 years old. Born Montae Talbert, he became part of a quartet that spawned an enduring national dance craze.

NPR's Sami Yenigun reports.

SAMI YENIGUN: M-Bone may not be the most instantly recognizable name in hip-hop, but his moves have gotten over 50 million views on YouTube.

(Soundbite of song, "Teach Me How To Dougie")

Unidentified Woman (Singer): (Singing) Teach me how to dougie. Teach me, teach me how to dougie, dougie. Teach me how to dougie. Teach me, teach me how to dougie, dougie.

CALI SWAG DISTRICT (Music Group): (Singing) Everybody love me. Err-everybody love me. Everybody love me. You ain't messing with my dougie, dougie.

YENIGUN: "The Dougie" was actually created in Dallas, but it was the quartet, the Cali Swag District that made it big nationally. Before this hit, Cali Swag was four teens from a rough neighborhood in the southwestern part of Los Angeles County, looking for a way into the music business. M-Bone was their dancer.

Jeff Weiss, a freelancer for the Los Angeles Times, interviewed him and the group earlier this year for a feature article.

Mr. JEFF WEISS (Writer): You know, when you're a dance group, at least one of the guys in the group needs to really be good at it.

YENIGUN: Weiss says that all of the group's members could do the dance, but that M-Bone was the smoothest. He was smooth with the ladies as well, according to Weiss, and tried hard to stay out of trouble.

Mr. WEISS: I mean, they grew up in Inglewood, so, you know, they kind of seen people, you know, get into gangs and end up getting killed, but he was pretty adamant about not being like that.

YENIGUN: The dance that M-Bone helped popularized was picked up by TV celebrities like Kim Kardashian and NBA athletes like the Golden State Warriors. Earlier this month, First Lady Michelle Obama was spotted doing "The Dougie" as a part of her Let's Move initiative to fight childhood obesity. Despite the success of this song, the group has had a hard time getting their label to release a full-length album. It is now scheduled to be put out in October.

Sami Yenigun, NPR News.

(Soundbite of song, "Teach Me How To Dougie")

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Teach me how to dougie. Teach me, teach me how to dougie, dougie. Teach me how to dougie. Teach me, teach me how to dougie, dougie.

CALI SWAG DISTRICT: (Singing) Everybody love me. Err-everybody love me.

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