After originally signing with Capitol Records, Cali Swag District began to record their debut album, The Kickback. They released their debut single, “Teach Me How to Dougie”, produced by Runway Star of The Makerz production team on April 13, 2010. It became a commercial success, peaking at twenty-eight on the US Billboard Hot 100, nine on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and six on the US Rap Songs chart. The songs success led the “Dougie” to become one of the most popular dances of 2010. The song’s follow-up, “Where You Are”, was released on September 7, 2010. It samples Michael Jackson’s 1972 hit, “I Wanna Be Where You Are”. The song only managed to peak at forty-five on US R&B charts and twenty-two on US Rap charts. The group’s third single, “Kickback”, was released on January 18, 2011. The single peaked at ninety-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Due to album pushbacks, much of The Kickback was re-worked, resulting in “Where You Are” being cut from it, making “Teach Me How to Dougie” and the title track its first two singles.
With the album delayed and the future of Capitol Records parent company, EMI, unclear, CSD requested to be released from their contract with Capitol. The group eventually signed with Sphinx Music Entertainment/319 Music Group and The Kickback was distributed by Sony/RED on July 12, 2011.