The Kickback Though this is only their first album, the California collective have already been through a career's worth of lows (the May 2011 murder of member… The Kickback Though this is only their first album, the California collective have already been through a career's worth of lows (the May 2011 murder of member… 2011-07-12 Cali Swag District Hip-Hop/Rap Sony/Red
Music Review

The Kickback (2011)

'DOUGIE' FRESH The newbie rockers have confidence and party rap songs to spare
'DOUGIE' FRESH The newbie rockers have confidence and party rap songs to spare
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 12, 2011; Lead Performance: Cali Swag District; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Production: Sony/Red

Though this is only their first album, the California collective have already been through a career's worth of lows (the May 2011 murder of member M-Bone) and highs (even the First Lady knows how to Dougie). The Kickback contains the confidence of a veteran group, dancing on the high wire between sex-jam chasm and badass top-down-cruising canyon. Of course, the centerpiece is still ''Teach Me How to Dougie'' — think of it as the ''Smells Like Teen Spirit'' of trash-talking party rap. B+

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Originally posted Jul 13, 2011 Published in issue #1164 Order article reprints