“Free Tunes” Tuesday: Twista Featuring Chris Brown

Chicago’s Twista pioneered his speedy, world-class flow well over a decade ago– and emcees have been playing catch-up ever since. His brand new track “Make a Movie,” featuring Chris Brown on the cameo, is classic Twista with, yet with a subtle “twist.”

Steady rockin’ jams like this one, time after time, it’s not hard to see why the man’s presence alone is legendary.

Download the ringtone for free*—today, Tuesday, October 5th– only!

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Urban Renewal: Detroit Lives!

As part of their ‘Exploration Series,’ and in what proved a pretty interesting and successful pairing, Palladium Boots enlisted the talents of Johnny Knoxville, as correspondent— tasked with unearthing Detroit’s cultural gems of yesteryear, as well as exposing its new DIY-fueled renaissance.

From the Motown sound to the MC5, Detroit has always been a city synonymous with groundbreaking musical stock, but what lies beneath the surface these days is a deep, intrinsically driven artistic movement with hopes of civic reclamation in the process.

Though popular media would have you believe it is a city in perpetual despair, this short film dispels that myth and finds Knoxville mixing it up with and shedding some light on the proponents and proprietors of this new Detroit. So, check it out and learn all the tidbits you never knew about one of America’s Greatest Cities. Not to be missed!

And while you’re at it—don’t forget your mobile Motown flair. The perfect wallpaper for rollin’ around town in a classic American muscle car:

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Mobile Content Spotlight: Obey Giant

I still remember the first time I stumbled across an “Obey Giant” sticker. I’d purchased a graffiti art magazine out of Boston, the long-defunct “Skills,” at a streetwear boutique on Miami Beach named Peds, circa 1993. As I got home and eagerly rifled through the pages, two silver and black, square-shaped stickers fell out. These were no ordinary stickers, in fact, at the time, they seemed downright peculiar. On them was a grainy, photocopied image of the legendary professional wrestler, Andre the Giant, and the words—

“Andre the Giant Has A Posse.”

Okay, my curiosity was piqued, for sure, but I somehow couldn’t help my first thought being “why would someone use an Andre the Giant image on this here sticker, and moreover why would it be placed, just so, in a graffiti magazine?” Contextually, I didn’t really understand the reference beyond what seemed to be a very surface, pop culture tie-in. I mean, look, if you were a kid in the late 70′s-early 80′s, Andre the Giant certainly cut an awesome and instantly recognizable figure, not only for his prowess in the very “real” sport of Pro Wrestling, either— this was after all, no mere mortal we’re talkin’ about here— this was a mammoth man, a “giant.” Now, some seventeen years removed from that encounter, it seems, too, those were not “merely” just some random, run o’ the mill stickers.

The man who created those little silver and black stickers I happened upon, Shepard Fairey, through his early stickers and stencils, arguably gave birth to what’s become known as the modern street art phenomenon— and in the process created one of the most genius viral campaigns to date. Pardon the platitude, but I guess you could say he was “ahead of his time.”

In the years that followed you couldn’t travel to a city, domestically or abroad, where he and legions of others weren’t stenciling, wheat-pasting, and stickering his indelible images on everything from garbage cans to water towers, and every other inanimate object that stood in their paths. Though he would later achieve much greater notoriety as “oh, that guy who created the Obama poster,” it was his earliest creations that set the stage for his massive success.

I’ll truncate, get to the point, and leave you to explore all that is Shepard Fairey. But, these days, it’s interesting to note that through his companies, Obey and Studio No.1, he has created a graphic-driven empire, spanning multiple licensees, across a myriad of industries— and it all started with those little stickers, a big guy, and an even bigger idea.

Myxer is proud to present official Obey Giant mobile content, and if you’re an Obey fan, like some of us here, you’ll definitely want to outfit your phone or mobile device with a killer piece of art, from our limited Obey Giant collection!

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“Free Tunes” Tuesday: Erin Barra

Editors note: You are not crazy, I am. I’ve just been informed it’s Wednesday. “Free Tunes” will return at its regularly scheduled time, yes— next Tuesday!

It’s that time kiddies— another fine installment of “Free Tunes” Tuesday. And once again it’s on, with a true gem!

Brooklyn’s Erin Barra has been making noise in her hometown of NYC and beyond. And, frankly, it’s kinda difficult not to be a little bit in awe when listening to her music— as it’s patently and immediately clear— that it courses through every bit of her being.

It’s always refreshing to come across an artist in today’s landscape where the that kind of talent takes you aback, straight away. Perhaps that’s why the legendary John Oates of Hall & Oates also lends an endorsement on Erin’s site.

“When I first met Erin Barra at Berklee… I sensed she had something special. After our first writing session together, my instincts were confirmed. She is an “old Soul” musician with a very modern songwriting sensibility. She is the type of artist who can have a long career in the music business.” – JOHN OATES

Wow, if that’s not a super-cool “co-sign,” we don’t know what is! Check out her lil’ sparkler of a track, “Skyline,” after the jump (oh, did we mention it’s free?) a poignant ode to her adopted town of NYC, maybe?

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The Myxer “Re:Myx” Project

At Myxer, we love giving back to our community whenever a good opportunity presents itself.

Recently, we launched Re:myx, a platform from which we could bestow some truly unique gifts to some of our unofficial, unsuspecting Myxer brand advocates— a.k.a some of our biggest fans!

As we’ve defined it, a “Re:myx” in Myxerland is basically this:

“A mega-awesome, totally custom, one-of-a-kind ringtone for some of Myxer’s biggest fans. Shout us out on Facebook or Twitter and your Re:Myx could be next!”

So, via our Twitter and Facebook pages, we’ve been keeping our peepers peeled for those who’ve either shouted us out in a spirited manner— told us they couldn’t live without us— or professed their “undying love,” or errr… maybe just their fond appreciation for Myxer.

So, here’s the basic gist…

You shout us out. If your post or tweet is selected as one of the lucky few, we then cruise to your FB or Twitter page to get a sense of your public persona. After a careful perusal, we take all of the knowledge kernels we can glean, then put them into a super-efficient, data compooterizer!

Once it generates a proper TPS Report, we then give it to some magic elves, who promptly run off and deliver your Re:myx stats and facts to a top-secret recording studio, high above a glacier field near the summit of one of Oregon’s tallest peaks. The custom ringtone is henceforth created by an army of tiny robots and beamed back to us, whole, through the trusty intertubes.

That is the manner in which a Re:Myx happens, kid you not! Well, maybe we kid…

No, really, a mere few weeks into the project, twenty plus Re:Myx ringtones under our collective belt, and we really couldn’t be any happier to be doling them out to our super-enthusiastic fanbase. And judging by some of the responses and requests that have been rolling in, it certainly does seem the feeling is mutual!

Our community, nearly 40 million-strong, is our lifeblood— the reason we come in everyday and constantly strive to innovate and give you guys the absolute best place on earth to get everything you could ever need or want for your phones and mobile devices!

We love all our fans and we’ll continue to keep sorting you guys and girls out with custom content you won’t be able to get anywhere else, and we do mean anywhere.

So, now that you know the drill, tell all your friends, keep sendin’ us those shout-outs and we’ll keep givin’ back, one custom Re:myx at a time!

Now, c’mon, chop-chop— head on over to our Facebook or Twitter, get busy with the comments, and perhaps your Re:myx could be next!

Check out our latest Re:myx below:

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