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Teach Me How to Dougie by Cali Swag District

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  • California Swag District comprises rappers Smoov, Jayare, Yung, and dancer M-Bone. This song about the Dougie Dance is their first entry on the Hot 100.

  • Smoov told Chicks With Guns Magazine the story of the song: "A friend of ours graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood and went to Texas Southern, he saw people doin' it out in Texas and came back doing the dance. He told us we should make a song about the Dougie, he gave us the hook he told us to do the song, we went to the studio put together a beat, and made it happen we wrote our verses and made the song go, we put a female on the hook, made it sound right and it just went."

  • One reason Cali Swag District recorded this song was to distance themselves from the LA Jerk movement. Smoov explained to Chicks With Guns Magazine: "This song we picked because it separated us from the Jerk movement, if you watch the video, nobody's jerkin in it, nobody has on skinny jeans and all that stuff, there's nothing wrong with that, it's just not us, it's doesn't fit our personalities or where we came from. Our music can be described more like 'fun' but on the other hand if you listen to our other music, we have real songs, songs you can feel, some songs you can party to, you can ride in your car with the top down to, vacuum your living room to, just all around fun music."
    (See "You're a Jerk" by New Boyz for more on the Jerk movement)

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In our ongoing look at the year that was 2017, Nina Cartier calls our attention to a seemingly-ephemeral moment in the wake of one of the year's biggest political surprises, exploring the racial and gender subtext of that time when Doug Jones taught us how to Dougie.

At first it all seems rather banal: a politician delivering his grateful victory speech to a room full of excited supporters after a nail-biting campaign. Thanks for this, thanks for that… the usual platitudes and empty promises abound, resounding across the crowd amid waves of cheers and waving placards emblazoned with his name: Doug Jones. As a fatigued but smiling Jones bids his final farewells and shakes hands with voters while still on the stage, the campaign rolls to a close and the perfunctory victory song commences. BOOM, BOOM BOOM. Crack . “Yeah.” Slowly increasing in volume, a familiar refrain fills the room until it plays at full blast: bass thumpin’, mid-tempo, 2010 hip-hop dance hit “Teach Me How to Dougie. ” Wait. What?

Teach Me How To Dougie

Doug Jones Wins Alabama US Senate Seat

Twitter user Evan Hatter  noted that C-SPAN2 had played “30 solid seconds” of “Teach Me How to Dougie,” confirming for me and over 14,000 retweeters that our ears had indeed heard Cali Swag District playing at the Jones’ celebration. In an Alabama senate race that was already fraught with racial and gender tension, the “Dougie” inserted a bit of black pop culture levity, simultaneously signifying on multiple levels. The “Dougie” allowed Jones to enjoy a bit of hip-hop bravado as the song repeated his name. The “Dougie” underscored the joy many black supporters felt due to Jones’ victory over Republican candidate Judge Roy Moore. Roy’s assertion that America was great when “families were united — even though we had slavery” was taken as evidence of virulent anti-black racism; part of an ultra-conservative platform that also condemned abortion as sin. The “Dougie” also reminded us that although black women voters had “saved America” by overwhelmingly supporting Jones, their voices would still be relegated to the sidelines, echoing the black woman singing the hook of the song, in which she is at the same time being sexually objectified. Indeed, the “Dougie” playing as Jones ended his speech reminded us all that America loves black culture — but not necessarily black people.

On the surface, the song choice proves to be superficial: a dee-jay plays the “Dougie” for a winning candidate named Doug. But a closer listen to a larger slice of the soundscape highlights the diverse sonic space created by DJ Rob, the official dee-jay for the night. When the C-SPAN2 coverage starts, we can hear the “Wobble” playing, a popular black line dance song by V.I.C released in 2008. As DJ Rob delivered his best boxing announcer imitation to introduce Jones, he played the 2009 Bon Jovi song “We Weren’t Born to Follow” in its entirety. After Jones spoke, the “Dougie” played, as I have noted earlier. But then DJ Rob played “Watch Me” by Silentó, which in 2015 had the whole nation doing the Whip and NaeNae. Next he played the dance song “Macarena” by Spanish duo Los Del Rio, a pop party staple for years after its 1993 release, and Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” written specifically for the 2016 animated film Trolls. Since nobody was dancing, I was sure that C-SPAN2 was perhaps just playing popular party music at this point, especially since none of the ambient sounds of people talking at the rally could be heard. But I was wrong. The sound feed was indeed relaying directly from DJ Rob’s board, the confirmation of which I realized when I heard him em-ceeing during the final song C-SPAN2 broadcast from the Jones coverage: “Proud Mary,” released in 1970 by Tina and Ike Turner. The Alabama senate race intensified our anxieties surround race and gender, from the four little black girls from the Birmingham church bombing that Jones vindicated with his prosecution of the klansmen perpetrators (and which Jones’ supporters touted as his black justice calling card), to the vicious proslavery and anti-abortion rhetoric Moore spouted with every soundbite. But at the rally, DJ Rob created a soundscape designed to dance us into unity across racial and gendered divides.  One can only hope that we won’t forget the black women who help keep us in the groove, who do it “nice and rough” like Tina, but still get the job done.

Nina Cartier

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    They be like smooth (what)
    can you teach me how to dougie
    you know why
    cause all the bitches love me back it up and dunk it
    put your arms out front lean side to side
    they gone be on you when they see
    you hit that dougie right
    ain't nobody fuckin with my bro from morningside
    he go by bubba and he hit that dance with thunder
    I ain't from dallas but I d town boogie
    I show my moves off everybody now tryna do me
    I leave the function and all the ladies try to screw me
    and you just do you and I'ma do me
    niggas love to hate so they try to screw me
    bitches be stuck to me I think they tryna glue me
    I make the party shine brite when it start boomin
    this beat is bubblegum so I had to chew it

    Teach me how to dougie
    teach me
    teach me how to dougie
    All my bitches love me
    all my
    all my bitches love me
    all my bitches love me
    you my fuckin with my dougie
    I can teach you how to dougie0022 all the bitches bug me
    all the niggas dancin
    and none of them know me do that
    he can dougie on the floor
    and when that nigga stop
    they like dougie some more
    I'm like a nigga kinda tired
    then I pass it to the bro m bone
    show these cats how they do that
    down south dance that
    we learned a little too fast
    and brought it to the hood
    and got the whole crew askin

    Teach me how to dougie
    teach me
    teach me how to dougie
    all my bitches love me
    you ain't fuckin with my dougie

    Back of the party I don't really like to boogie
    I'm just tryna get bent and meet a thick red bone
    she do her dougie and all them bitches hatin
    but I'm bout to escape with a bitch and head home
    she got her friends so its a two man
    and I run a runner even if her legs long
    she like you hubby but I think she love me
    but I change the subject and I do my dougie
    cause I don't give a fuck blow trees get money
    me smooth effin in the bank with playboy bunnies
    we gone make em do the dougie in the middle of the bed
    and when I asked for some head the bitch looked at me funny
    Bye bitch you can' t tell me nothin
    star make the beat I just took it out the oven
    I just hit the dougie while everybody clubbin
    and I hate skinny jeans cause the burner keep rubbin

    all my bitches love me
    all my bitches love me
    you ain't fuckin with my dougie all bitches love me

    All I need to smash it is super bumpin
    and for you to back it up and dunk it
    put your hands front lean side to side
    they gone at you when they see
    you hit that dougie right
    ain't nobody fucking with my brother from morningside
    he ride bubba and he hit that thunder dance
    i'm not from dallas but i'm from d boogie town
    i show my moves outside now everybody do make me
    i leave the feature and all the ladies try to screw me
    and you just you and I make me
    niggas love to hate so they try to screw me
    bitches stuck with me I think they do me glue
    I do a Brite party shoe when she start to boomin
    this beat is bubblegum.

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