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Icebird (rjd2 & Aaron Livingston)"Charmed Life" Remix Contest

Icebird (rjd2 & Aaron Livingston) Launches "Charmed Life" Remix Contest + MP3

Courtesy Audible Treats.

The Abandoned Lullaby Now In Stores; Fans Given Chance To Remix New Single For Big Money Prizes

The Contest:

This week marks the release of The Abandoned Lullaby, the brand new album from producer rjd2 and singer-songwriter Aaron Livingston, a pair that collectively makes up the duo Icebird. Last week, Icebird released the album's latest single, "Charmed Life," and now, rj and Aaron are giving fans a chance to remix the new song, with the grand prize winner receiving a variety of big money prizes.

The contest, presented by Native Instruments and SoundCloud, is now underway and will end on October 31st at 11:59pm EST. The stems for "Charmed Life" can be downloaded directly from the contest page, and all finished remixes can be submitted using the DropBox button also found on the contest page. rjd2 and Aaron Livingston will hand select the contest's grand prize winner, who will receive one MASCHINE MIKRO and one KOMPLETE 8, courtesy of Native Instruments, along with a one year Premium Pro Account, courtesy of SoundCloud.

To kick off the remix festivities, Icebird is excited to present a brand new, official remix for the single. Titled "Charmed Life (Candy Panther Remix)," the track pulls from the original's mesmerizing melody, but rather than being driven by the piano keys of the album version, the remix layers a mix of washed, warbled synths and jumpy percussion that offers a more subdued take on the song, while maintaining the funky elements that have made the single a fan-favorite.

Download the "Charmed Life" stems and enter the remix contest here: .

Download the "Charmed Life (Candy Panther Remix)" here: .

Video: Reema Major f/ Rick Ross - "I'm the One"

Video: Reema Major f/ Rick Ross - "I'm the One"

Courtesy of G7 Records.

Download I AM LEGEND Mixtape - video directed by Mike Portoghese.

MP3: 50 Cent - "50's My Favorite"

MP3: 50 Cent - "50's My Favorite"

Courtesy M3W.

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MP3: College Boyys f/ Romeo, T-Bo - "Powered Up"

MP3: College Boyys f/ Romeo, T-Bo - "Powered Up"

Courtesy of BF Blasts.

(Clean/Dirty) .

Free Download: Young Jeezy - "The Real Is Back Part 2"

Free Download: Young Jeezy - "The Real Is Back Part 2"

Courtesy of Future Star Music.

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Last week we gave you all the official NO DJ version of the classic mixtape The Real Is Back from Young Jeezy and now we're giving you the highly anticipated Part 2 also!  DJ's and Media this is a gift from Future Star and CTE for you all to enjoy and spread within your circles.  Feed the streets and the fans what they want and spread this everywhere!!!

PR: Mr. E Releases "We Run This Vol. 7" w/ Talib Kweli

PR: Mr. E Releases "We Run This Vol. 7" w/ Talib Kweli

Courtesy Mr. E's Podcast.

We Run This Vol. 7 Talib Kweli Mr. E of RPS Fam
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Mr. E, the creator of the official "We Run This", series is back again with his new studio offering, We Run This Vol. 7.

This time he links up with hip hop legend Talib Kweli!

The mixtape is filled with 21 new tracks from Brooklyn native rapper and features artists like Gucci Mane, Jean Grae, Styles P, KRS One, Cyhi da Prynce and many more.

"So Disgusting" is the first single from the official mixtape that’s heating up the radio.

"Let Em In" is the second single and features Def Jam artist "Ace Hood".

German based DJ "Mr. E" from the RPS Fam is best known for the successful "We Run This" series.

With over 7 editions and collaborations with superstars like T.I., Jadakiss, B.o.B, Ace Hood, Mobb Deep, 40 Glocc and many more, the series has become a global brand name for high quality mixtapes with exclusive content & creative DJing. Get yours today!

MP3: BUKA Entertainment's Rashad - "Out of This World"

MP3: BUKA Entertainment's Rashad - "Out of This World"

Courtesy of BUKA Entertainment.


Video: Mr. Green f/ Jus Allah "Live From the Streets" #3

Video: Mr. Green f/ Janice & Jus Allah "Live From the Streets" Episode #3

Courtesy Mr. Green.

In the third episode of Live from the Streets, we take you to Old City to meet up with Jus Allah. Jus was chilling out at Gigi's Bar and Grille and was cool enough to give us a quick shout out. After that, we introduce Janice, a friendly traveler from down South with a Ukulele. She had been on the road for a while but she took the time to play us her own version of one of her favorite songs by Andrew Jackson Jihad. Finally, we head down to city hall which is currently being occupied by Protestors and we take a look around.

FreEP: Ced Hughes - "Colossus (Tribute to RJD2)"

FreEP: Ced Hughes - "Colossus (Tribute to RJD2)"

Courtesy of Lucas @ DM360.

Here is a new EP today from Ced Hughes that was inspired by RJD2's "Colossus" album. 7 tracks in all!



01. Let There Be Horns
02. Tin Flower Astronauts
03. Table Crumbs
04. Ced Colossus
05. Director Of The Show (Just Dreamin)
06. Walk With Me
07. Fresh Since 85 (Bonus)

Everlast Announces Tour Dates With Redlight King

Everlast Announces Tour Dates With Redlight King

Courtesy Kerosene Media.

EVERLAST Announces Tour Dates In Support of New Album “Songs of the Ungrateful Living” With Support From Redlight King; First single “I Get By” Continues To Climb Charts

Grammy-winner EVERLAST has announced new tour dates in support of his upcoming studio album "Songs of the Ungrateful Living", which hits stores on October 18th. Lucky residents of Long Beach, CA will have a chance to meet Everlast in-person at Fingerprints C D's & L P's on the day the album drops during a special in-store performance. Everlast has also scheduled a rare intimate performance at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood on October 20th, as well as KTBZ's Buzzfest in Houston on October 22nd. Everlast will hit the road for a full US tour in the month of November with Hollywood Records recording artist Redlight King supporting all dates.
Everlast has returned to the airwaves in a big way with, "I Get By" the first single from "Songs of the Ungrateful Living". "I Get By," an anthem for these troubled times is already making major in-roads at radio, breaking the top forty at both the BDS and Mediabase Alternative charts. Highlights include top five airplay on San Diego's influential 91x and top ten in Tucson on KFMA. Paul Kriegler, program director at Tulsa's KMYZ comments emphatically, "Huge phones! A message that really resonates." "I Get By," is just one of the emotionally impactful songs off the album that Rolling Stone says, "highlights economic hardship." Vibe comments, "On his sixth solo studio work the groundbreaking white MC is making a no-nonsense return-to-form."
EVERLAST recently performed as a part of KROQ's Epicenter Show on September 24th at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Center where the site OC Reloaded exclaimed, "Everlast (aka Erik Schrody) is not just any ole white-boy rapper. He's also a talented songwriter, musician, and leader of the legendary rap group House of Pain," calling his songs "brilliant."
Although there have been albums in between, "Songs of the Ungrateful Living" is the spiritual follow-up to his 1998 breakthrough, the multi-platinum "Whitey Ford Sings the Blues", an eclectic mix of rock, blues, country, pop and hip-hop, which topped the Billboard charts and sold more than 3 million copies on the strength of its crossover hit, "What It's Like."
A latticework of rock and hip hop, Redlight King's music conjures old school sounds while frontman-songwriter, Kaz's, pensive musings reflect the culmination of life's highs and lows. Landing in the U.S. with a bang, Redlight King's first single "Old Man" from their U.S. debut, 'Something For The Pain', garnered plenty of buzz. The original song featuring the first-ever sampling of the Neil Young classic, approved by Neil himself, debuted #10 on iTunes Rock Chart while the album landed #3 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Fresh off a summer tour with AWOLNATION, Redlight King is ready to head back on the road in support of their current single "Bullet In My Hand," a ferocious blend of rock with rhythmic undertones that has anthem written all over it.

Oct 18 - Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints C D's & L P's (Everlast In-Store)
Oct 20 - Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room
Oct 22 - Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Nov 04 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
Nov 05 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Nov 06 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre
Nov 08 – Pittsburgh @ Altar Bar
Nov 09 - Towson, MD @ The Recher Theatre
Nov 11 - Pontiac, MI @ iLounge
Nov 12 – Indianapolis @ The Amber Room The Old National Center
Nov 13 - Lincolnshire, IL @ Cubby Bear
Nov 15 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Nov 16 - Denver @ Bluebird
Nov 18 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Nov 19 - Scottsdale, AZ @ The Roxy
Nov 23 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
Dec 03 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan The Buzz Bake Sale
Dec 04 - Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park The Big Ticket: WXXJ
Dec 11 - Valley Center, CA @ Valley View Casino Center

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