Competition: Release a Song with CeeLo GreenCompetition: Release a Song with CeeLo Green


Competition: Release a Song with CeeLo Green

This is your shot to collaborate with a true Southern hip-hop icon. CeeLo Green is part of Atlanta’s Goodie Mob and one-half of Gnarls Barkley with producer Danger Mouse as his partner in crime. You're up next: CeeLo wants to join forces with a Tracklib user. "This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to produce a hit record for me. Download as many [Tracklib] samples as you'd like, I'm going to do my thing—and if it's a hit, we got a hit, baby!"




November 17, 2022

Find the winners of the competition here

This competition does not accept any additional submissions since the deadline has passed. The winners will be announced right here, and on all our socials, during Spring 2023.

Sample any song(s) on Tracklib

CeeLo picks out the winner of this competition himself. After working with producers like Danger Mouse, Organized Noize, DJ Premier, Mark Ronson, Timbaland, The Neptunes and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, it’s safe to say that he’s got an ear for beats...

That’s why this competition allows you to sample any song(s) or multitrack(s) on Tracklib. You can dig as deep as you want to: from 70s soul to rare gems by jazz greats, or explore collections like Psych You Out and Dusty Latin Loops.

This competition does not accept any additional submissions since the deadline has passed. The winners will be announced right here, and on all our socials, during Spring 2023.

Submit your production

Step 1: Sample any song(s) or multitrack(s) on Tracklib to create a production for CeeLo Green

Step 2: Post this picture on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter

Step 3: Follow Tracklib on Instagram

Step 4: Make sure your submission follows the rules and requirements

Step 5: Submit your production (note: no longer possible)

The deadline to submit is Sunday, December 18th, 2022, end of the day (all timezones included)

Grand prize

  • Make a song together with CeeLo Green which will be officially released
  • Get connected to CeeLo Green and collaborate in a remote studio session
  • Writing credits and publishing on the official release
  • A custom Tracklib Sample Breakdown video breaking down your song and sampleflip(s)
  • A one-year Tracklib subscription (Standard plan)
  • A shout-out from CeeLo Green himself
  • Tracklib merch (t-shirt and cap)

2x runner-ups prize

  • A free one-year Tracklib subscription (Standard plan)
  • A shout-out from CeeLo Green himself
  • Tracklib merch (t-shirt and cap)

The winners will be announced on all our social channels and on this page during Spring 2023.

Want to get some inspiration from the sound of the Dirty South? In this video, CeeLo Green reminisces about the early days of Goodie Mob and the Dungeon Family, Andre 3000’s speech at the notorious The Source Awards 1995, and recording Goodie Mob’s debut album Soul Food that year in Curtis Mayfield’s home studio.

“Sampling is an essential element of hip-hop. It's the bridge between generations. Some of this music could disappear into obscurity. You may never encounter it unless you're introduced to it [through samples].”

—CeeLo Green

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Who is CeeLo Green?

Amidst the heated East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry in the mid-90s, another hip-hop storm was brewing down south: a new scene was emerging in Atlanta with the Dungeon Family collective as pivotal figures. Rapper and singer CeeLo Green was one of those pioneers together with his group Goodie Mob, and like-minded artists including Outkast and production team Organized Noize. Together they paved the way for Southern “Dirty South” hip-hop as we know it since.

As a solo artist, CeeLo Green released two albums in the early 2000s before forming the sample-driven neo-soul duo Gnarls Barkley together with producer Danger Mouse. They're best known for their debut single (and biggest hit) "Crazy" off 2006's platinum-selling album St. Elsewhere. CeeLo continued his solo career in 2010, with the Bruno Mars-penned "Fuck You" as his biggest solo hit to date.

What is Tracklib?

Tracklib is the first and only online record store for sampling. We have almost 100.000 actual songs and a wide collection of previously unreleased multitracks that’s all available for sampling and official licensing. Tracklib has been used by some of the biggest producers and artists in the world. So don’t just take our word for it: the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Kenny Beats, DJ Khaled, J. Cole, Kaytranada, and Brockhampton, among many others, have used Tracklib before. Click here to find out more.

“Tracklib are good shepherds for sampling. They are mavericks on this front.”

—CeeLo Green

Submission requirements

  • You need to sample one (or more) songs on Tracklib.
  • You can sample a maximum of 60 seconds from the song(s).
  • You need to download the songs on Tracklib. Yes, we will check.
  • You can not send in beats that you've submitted to previous competitions. Yes, we will check.
  • You need to post this photo on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for every entry you want to submit (further info can be found in the submission form). Your Instagram or Twitter profile needs to be public for us to be able to see your post. Multiple entries require multiple posts.
  • You do not have to buy a sample license to submit to the competition.
  • For your submission to be eligible, you are not allowed to release your submission in any way (including social media) before the winners of this competition have been announced.
  • To release your submission (after the winner has been announced) containing a sample from Tracklib, you first need to obtain a sample license from Tracklib.
  • Your entry needs to be submitted before the end of the day, Sunday, December 18th, 2022 (all time zones included).
  • You can submit however many entries you'd like—as long as they all follow the rules.

Your music is still yours. We do not own any of the submissions to this competition in any way.

Sampling rules

  • You can use and sample any legally obtained royalty-free sounds for your submission, and you need to sample one (or more) songs on Tracklib — but you cannot sample anything else that you don’t own the full rights to.
  • You can manipulate the song(s) you are sampling however you want; chop it up, reverse it, or find the perfect loop! However, please make sure one sample from Tracklib plays a key role in your submissions — i.e. use the sample throughout or in multiple parts — using it as a one-shot would not be allowed.

Prizing rules

  • The first prize winner will be awarded a sample license to monetize their work, with no need to pay the license fee. The winner will, however, still have to share revenues from the new recording and the copyright in the new composition with the original rightsholders from any revenue earned on the new song. How much depends on your submission's total sampled time and the category of the recording sampled.
  • The prize is as stated. No cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The prizes are non-transferable.

Click here to find the full Tracklib standard competition terms and conditions. Please note that you must comply with these standard terms and conditions to enter the competition.

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