When it comes to tribute songs, “How To Do That” may be a first. Despite most odes to fallen soldiers being down-tempo and carrying orchestral qualities, The Cali Swag District stay true to form and take their homie’s memory straight to the club. Keeping to the clap-happy habits that had Michelle Obama doing “The Dougie” and took their dumbed-down brand of dance education worldwide, “How To Do That” carries the basic qualities of just another radio song casual listeners would end up complaining about on first listen.
Beyond the surface appearance, you’ll realize the remaining three members – JayAre, Smoove Da General and Yung – are paying an appropriate homage to the friend they said was “the life of the party,” by cranking out a radio banger that will have the inebriated bellowing out his name (“M-Booooone”) in the week’s peak hours for months to come. A sincerity in an insincere culture.
Think of what will happen when – and if – this song hits the mainstream. What will the haters say when Cali Swag has a hit based around a topic legitimate MCs tackle frequently, instead of ‘just another stupid dance’?
Cali Swag District – “How To Do That (M-Bone Tribute)”