Although not scheduled for release until March, EA is releasing a playable demo of Def Jam: Icon for the Xbox 360 this coming Thursday.

Icon is the first version of the hip-hop inspired fighting franchise to make its way to the next-gen platforms (also coming to PS3) after a steady run of titles on the home and handheld consoles.

The Xbox Live Marketplace demo will feature single-player only, with the option to fight as Big Boi and T.I. on the Gas Station level. You'll have a limited time to play and only two songs will be included - one from each of the playable characters.

Def Jam: Icon is currently scheduled for release across Europe on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on March 23.