Cali Swag District, "Teach Me How to Dougie"

Track Review

"Teach Me How to Dougie," the first single from hip-hop group Cali Swag District, seeks to pick up where dance craze-starters like the New Boyz' "You're a Jerk" and Soulja Boy Tell'Em's "Crank That" left off. Over a metronomic, cowbell-bolstered beat, the crew trades verses tag-team style, bragging about their "Dougie" dance and the special treatment it earns them from women. ("All my bitches love me," one member raps on the chorus.) Despite its tired gender attitudes, however, "Teach Me How to Dougie" has spread through the blogosphere and garnered substantial radio play. The actual dance, which involves casual shoulder leans and elbow twists (a lazy man's version of the snap dance), might leave something to be desired, but the track's catchy, refreshingly simple hook makes it a no-brainer for repeat play.-Melanie Bertoldi


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