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Adrian Champion Presents: Stars & Stripes – The White Stripes Reimagined

Stars & Stripes

Hip Hop Meets The White Stripes

About The Project:

I was late jumping on The White Stripes bandwagon. But, when I heard “Doorbell” a few years back I became an instant fan. That raw, classic sound was so fresh to me. I went straight to iTunes and downloaded the whole album. It wasn’t long before I owned everything they’d ever released.

What really got me was that I wanted to sample almost every song. But, I couldn’t just shamelessly sample their whole catalog. Plus, I had just decided to move away from sampling and focus on writing original music. So, a remix project seemed like the thing to do, and the idea was born.

I started digging through my collection and fitting all the pieces together. My goal was to use only samples from The White Stripes and a cappellas from classic songs and my favorite emcees. And of course, I had to rap on one of the tracks myself, with my man Brian Jacobs on the hook.

So there it is, hip-hop fans, meet The White Stripes.
Fans of The White Stripes, meet hip-hop.

— Adrian Champion


About The Artist:


Adrian Champion grew up in the Flint area of Michigan, where a blue-collar upbringing shaped his perspective on life and later, his music. By the age of 13, he was hooked on hip hop, unwittingly learning to write rhymes by transcribing the lyrics of groups like Public Enemy. But it wasn’t until moving to California shortly after high school that he would find an outlet for his own creativity. It was there that he’d meet other aspiring artists and record for the first time. Although this early work was rough, it was clear he had something. That something evolved from just rapping and making beats, to writing and producing, composing, playing guitar, and even singing. Refusing to become complacent or stay in a particular box, Adrian is constantly adding to his repertoire and exploring new creative directions, from his own self-produced solo project to his writing and production for artist Brian Jacobs and others.

Fast and Furious World Premiere – Exclusive and super janky coverage


Paranorm getting bent at the Fast and Furious World Premiere

I wanted to bust out an exclusive The Ready Cee Show / Parakhan Spit Hate story about going to the Fast and Furious World Premiere, but the trip was so uneventful that I’m not sure what to say. Red carpet…blah blah…Vin Diesel…blah blah…crazy car scenes…blah blah blah…party…get drunk…blah blah…dip. That’s it. Article done.

What I would really like to talk about in this post is general premiere etiquette and what to expect when you hit the event. Most of you out there have never been to a premiere as most of you don’t live near Hollywood or NYC, so what I would like to do is tell you what to expect and how to run it when you get to go to one. I’m definitely no expert on this topic, but I’ve been ripped at like 30 premieres so if you want to know what it’s like from my perspective…read on.

First of all, you’re most likely going to have to pick up your tickets at will call. This is pretty universal whether you end up at Mann’s, Westwood, or wherever. Always remember to look like you should be up in that shit just in case something goes wrong with your tickets. I’ve been lucky enough to always have people looking out for me, but ticket problems could ruin your entire night. Be cool and things will most likely work themselves out from what I can tell.

When you hit the red carpet, stare at the photographers like they should be taking your picture. A few will snap off on you just in case you’re someone they should be getting…but most won’t do anything which makes for a good game of staring them down. Son those fools. Pap’s are like bloodsucking leeches who get paid to sell pics so when they won’t even waste one digital flick on you…it’s kinda like a diss. Ok, not really….you (and I ) just aren’t stars.

Premiere’s almost always have free popcorn, water, and soft drinks. Grab what you want and don’t be in a rush to get to your seat as they will never start the movie until all the talent has left the red carpet and are comfortably resting in their seat. With regards to seats, there are only so many in the theatre (unless they are running the film simultaneously in overload theatres), so there is a rare chance that you can end up sitting next to one of the stars or other stars attending the event. Most of the time, the organizers have strategically designed the seating chart, but you never know. I’ve sat next to Wanda Sykes (like a midget), a seat away from Cedric The Entertainer, Steven Tyler, and within a row of Will Ferrell. Depending on who it is…I suppose you could get a thrill from housing the armrest from a star or sparking up a conversation. Just remember, it can always backfire on you because the stars trump your ass and can have you ejected pretty quick.

Watch the flick. If the movie really sucks…keep it to yourself as you’re sitting in a theatre of people who worked really hard to put it together. That’s pretty much a no brainer. You’re there on the studio’s dime and no matter how bad the movie is, you’re going to get hammered shortly, so keep it together. 

The movie ends and it’s time for the party to get started. yes. Not everyone gets to go to these parties so make sure you don’t lose your passes. There is nothing worse than being forced to go your own way after the movie when you know people are about to kick it at an open bar party with food. Make your way to the party and keep it moving.

The party is generally themed after key parts of the movie…meaning there are usually props or related themes going on. For example, at Anchorman we took pics at the news desk, at Talladega Nights they had tire changing stations and nacho cheese fountains, at the Simpsons they had some setup where you could get a mold of your hand holding a pink donut, at Barbershop 2 they had Oran Juice Jones…ok, he’s not a theme, but fuck…we ran into him and it blew Joey Ocean and I away. Oran Juice Jones was my shit. Anyway, you get the idea. The entire setup is themed after the movie. The only premiere that I recall not having anything was Two For The Money…but Al Pacino was there so they probably figured that was good enough.

Be sure to head for the food, eat whatever looks good, then head straight for the open bar. Depending on the type of movie, the crowd will either stay for a few drinks and split or the night could turn into an all around rager. I remember staggering out of Be Cool, blacking out after The Family Guy, and stumbling out of Semi-Pro, but maintaining ok by the time I left Team America World Police and Mr and Mrs Smith.  It can go either way and it’s all up to you.    

That’s about it. Have good time, get blitzed, and make it home alive so you can do it all over again.

Sally….OCTOMOM Got a One Track Mind!


Which one of you Disorderlies is gonna bust Octomom?

So I’m sitting here listening to Diamond D….”Sally Got a One Track Mind” to be specific. The news is on in the background and the reporters are hounding Octomom. Boom! Octomom Got a One Track Mind!!!! It’s very fitting as she really does have a one track mind when it comes to spitting out kids, right? The common questions being asked in the media are: Is she going to depend on the state to help take care all those damn kids? Is she going to do that video for Vivid? Is she going to get smoked by the religious knuckleheads sending her death threats? Where did she get the money to cop that house? Is she mentally stable? These are all valid questions…but they’re also irrelevant to a certain segment of the population. Check.

The real questions that need to be asked…which East LA dude is gonna be the next to hit? Like, Octomom is a broke man’s Angelina Jolie for sure…and if you think fourteen kids can scare off a dude on a creep mission…pft..yeah right. My uncle John has twenty something kids…you think he was scared off by fourteen kids? So, which one of you slimey ass, Johnny Whore ass, Who’s the Mack ass rappers is gonna creep on Octomom? I’m guessing it’s going to be some down on his luck ass home care worker who is over there changing diapers when the he sees Octo swoop down the stairs in a donated gown. You know the deal. It’s gonna be a Kool Rock-ski looking dude who ends up bustin Octo (no disrespect to Kool Rock-ski as he is one of my fave rappers of all time…he is just an example of a Disorderlie).   And while I’m on the subject of orderlies, and Disorderlies,…my boy Kevin hasn’t worked at the hospital or in health care for at least 10 years….AND HE IS STILL WEARING SCRUBS. WTF. Are they that comfortable? How you just going to be running around town rocking scrubs like you work at the hospital and you don’t’ even have a job most of the time? How you going to wear Scrubs up to regional clothing distribution plant where you work at? Crazy.

Peace to Diamond D for real….A true sample master:

Lesk One – The Lesk One EP (2009)


Los Angeles / VanCity Underground Hip Hop

On this site, all the shit we talk about and will talk about is very real to us. While not everyone involved is involved with every part, generally, this is how underground hip hop tends to go: get drunk, talk shit, roll up, chase women, protect yourself, ride the train or push a lac, recognize real beats, recognize real raps, give love to shit that’s hot, respect real, maintain an underlying consciousness of what’s wrong and what’s right, keep a sense of what’s funny, don’t take yourself too serious while taking your shit way too serious, and the list goes on and on. I guess what I’m trying to say is…you don’t necessarily have to follow all the shit I just mentioned, but if you do, then you’re more likely to relate to what we’re talking about. This site is for you if you can relate. If not, this site (and post) probably isn’t for you. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, or green, if you don’t have a similar mind state or background…you’re probably not going to have the ability to truly understand the stuff we talk about. You can look through the window, but you’re not there.

With no further hesitation…here’s the link to the purpose of this post:

Lesk One – The Lesk One EP:

Production by: Craig Rip, D-Rec, Lokeynote, Lesk One, Scum Bag…

Cuts by: D-Rec


Check Me Out ftg Paranorm
April Fools
The Pinnicle

Lesk One Myspace:

Interview: Cave – Producer Jason Boschetti


Cave – Destroy The Matrix / Speak In Cosmic Tongues

In keeping with the tradition of The Ready Cee Show’s Independent Artist episodes, we’re going to bring exclusive interviews to the web in attempts to give these artists the exposure they deserve.  First up, we have producer Cave (Jason Boschetti), who just happens to live up the block from my studio in Los Angeles.  His beats are a combination of futuristic sounds, with Dilla-ish timings, and melodic instruments played by Cave himself.  I dig it.  —-Paranorm

P: Cave, what up? Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with The Ready Cee Show / Parakhan Spit Hate…let’s get into this.  Where you from?

Cave: Garland, Texas. Small city/suburb just northeast of Dallas.

P: How long did you live in the bay?

Cave: I lived in the bay for about four and a half years, four of which I spent going to school at UC Berkeley. It’s also where I’ve met most of the musicians I have collaborated with so far.

P: What made you want to get into hip hop & production?

Cave: I was about 13 or 14 when I started to get into it. My big brother exposed me to groups like Cypress Hill, the Fugees, Outkast, then I got onto napster and started finding stuff on my own. I got really into alot of New York hip-hop, like Gangstarr, Biggie, Mos Def, etc. But what really got me was DJ Krush from Japan. I found his album “Kakusei” (incidentally, it means “to wake up”) randomly at a used record store and instantly fell in love with it. It was the first time I heard music that actually took me somewhere, like I could listen to it with my eyes closed and be transported to another dimension or environment. It was a really amazing feeling, especially because the place where I grew up was so boring and monotonous, and I could just put this music on and feel like I was in Neo-Tokyo or something. That’s what set it off, when I said to myself, “I wanna do this.”

P: What’s your take on samples vs live instruments?

Cave: It definitely can be an art form in and of itself. When I first started making music I used tons of samples, I just started going through my Dad’s record collection and chopping shit up and making beats on reason. And I did that for a long time. But still I would go through waves of making tracks where I  would compose everything myself with software instruments. I would alternate I guess, make some with samples, then go sample free for a bit. But in the last few years I’ve been mostly leaving the samples behind and composing on my own. I feel more of a bond with the music I make when all of it comes from my own hands, and even though sampling can be done in a unique and creative way, it’s still a sample. And when somebody asks me, “did you make that?” whether it’s just my homie, or a music supervisor for a film who wants to know if I have the rights to all of it , I just want to be able to say yes in full confidence, yes I made that, all of it. I had situations recently where a surf company was going to use a bunch of my tracks for a big film project, and at the last minute they asked me “do these songs contain uncleared samples,” which they did, and so they pulled like 80% of the material of mine they were going to use. So instead of making a grip of money, I made a crumb. That’s just another aspect of it, I feel like maybe God’s trying to tell me something. So sampling is great and fun, but I feel better these days about playing stuff myself. Even if its a sound issue, for example if you want to get that old dusty vibe that you may think you can only get by sampling, I’ve found ways to give a song that dirty, gritty, soulful nuance even without sampling.

P: What equiptment do you use to get your signature sound?

Cave: As far as my signature sound goes, I feel like I’ve only recently discovered it. Or I guess it’s been a constant process of evolution, like anything else, but recently I think it’s really been coming together. It involves lots of boomy, bang, snap, crackle, pop drums that I program on Ableton. I like to put the drum sounds through compression, saturation, get them sounding real tight and fat, and then sometimes I put them through a beat-repeat filter to give ’em that spontaneous E.T. glitchery. Then I usually go heavy on the synth, I have an old analog Roland Juno-106 and an Alesis Micron, both of which have amazing sounds, real fat and lush and spacey, the kind of shit that makes you feel like you’re floating on a cloud or flying in a space ship. Lately I’ve been using alot of live instruments too, like hand drums, maracas, sticks, marimba, acoustic guitar, flute, etc., been on a real Amazonian vibe, but still blend it with the outer-space future-funk sound, like Ayahuasca star-seed music… I would say overall my sound is real bouncy, crunchy, dirty, spacey, exotic, trippy, lush, funky, lovely.

P: Who are some of your greatest influences?

Cave: Tomita, Michael Jackson, Ken Ishii, DJ Krush, the Fugees, DJ Premier, Mos Def, Rage Against the Machine, Cypress Hill, Living Legends, Freestyle Fellowship, Hieroglyphics, Deltron, Kool Keith, OutKast, Q-Bert, Mr. Lif, Madlib, Oh No, J-Dilla, Prefuse 73, LTJ Bukem, Alice Coltrane, King Tubby, the Marleys, Square Pusher, Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Cygnus, Joe Con, Shing02…

P: Can you lace us with a brief overview of your discography?  What’s your favorite project that you’ve been involved with?

Cave: First jumped off with Sticks and Stones in 2003. Then linked with Joe Con and Seneca in Berkeley to form Shadow Caste in 2004, released the Co-Pilot EP. Then linked with Joe Con again in 2005 on the Awake and Dreaming album. Then linked with P.E.A.C.E. of Freestyle Fellowship and Shing02 for the Twisted Tongue/Mimosa double 12″ released on Tokyo’s Mary Joy Recordings label. Soon followed in 2006 with the Awake Click – Live from the Apocalypse mixtape. Then linked with Shing02 and Seneca for “War Times,” a song featured on Billy Jam’s Hip-Hop Slam compilation release by the DJ’s of Mass Destruction entitled “War II – the turd hunt continues…” Then I linked with Shingo again for a 12″ that came out in Japan from entitled G*A*M*E, I produced, scratched, and featured on the B-side with Shingo and Jerneye of Lunar Heights, and the A-side featured Ghostface Killah, Napoleon, and Shingo, and was produced by ICC Productions out of Colorado. Then in 2007 I linked with Joe Con again on the ConCave   – ZooLife project, and after that came my second solo album entitled “A.R.T. – Advanced Research and Technology,” which was kind of my rhyming and singing debut as well, when the inspiration to write really grabbed me by the nuts and wouldn’t let go. Out of all these projects, I would say my favorite ones, at least as far as the creative process goes, have been the Shadow Caste project, the ConCave project, and the tracks I’ve done with Shingo, mostly because these are the ones where we mapped out a block of time, went into the studio, put our heads together, and focussed heavily. It was fun because it had that feeling of team-work, goal-oriented drive. I guess my solo projects came together from more fragmented timelines, where I would work on them over a long period of time whenever I was free and inspired. Musically, however, my favorite project has to be the one I’m working on now, which is my next album, “Galaxy Quest” (tentative title), which should be ready sometime mid-2009. It’s just the latest and greatest sound, and should feature all the fam… built on the bones of the previous experience but still coming out new and fresh for me, I’m stoked on it. Obviously it’s space music.

P: What’s up with ConCave?

Cave: ConCave is the union of Joe Con and Cave. Lately we’ve been building alot down here in LA, playing whatever shows we can get, expanding the network, circulating the album, circulating the love. ConCave is a gateway drug…

P: Word…so are you guys planning a major tour or anything?

Cave: It’s definitely a goal for this year. We’re piecing it together, learning the game as we go. We have a manager giving us a test-run, should have some good opportunities opening up in 2009, as well as a new album coming together soon, with an expanded, updated sound, transcending genres. Joe Con’s got the blues (he’s from Kentucky), I’ve got the space-drive, put ’em together and you get… “Black Holes and White Lightning”… Look out!

P: Tell us about your obsession with aliens?  Are you positive that alien life forms exist?

Cave: It’s more of a love than an obsession, I’m in love with the idea that we are all infinite beings traveling to and fro throughout the universe, cooperatively gathering experiential data to send back to the main-frame, the God-head if you will, for the purpose of Self-edutainment and enjoyment. I’m comfortable with the realization that many of us have lived on other dimensions and planets in past lives, and will travel far and wide throughout the cosmos again very soon, sooner than we think. “Alien” is not the right word here, better to use extra terrestrial, which just means not of this planet. Alien implies separation and division, but the fact is that most of the visitors that are coming here from elsewhere are humans like us, with two legs, two arms, a head, etc… maybe different skin-tones, slight variations in the number of fingers, but not so different from you and I. It’s one of the basic archetypes in the cosmic evolution, this body type, the cross… Anyway, I’m positive that E.T. life exists. People say “where’s the proof?” I say look in the mirror, look inside yourself, feel yourself… But as far as more concrete evidence goes, I would recommend for people to do some serious research into the coverup that’s been going on, crop circles, the disclosure project, etc. Governments of other countries, such as Russia, Czech Republic, Mexico, have all officially stated  that they have encountered visitors from space, there are witnesses, military and civilian, as well as  de-classified military footage that has been released. The truth is being suppressed by the controllers of the matrix because the implications have the potential to liberate the entire world in an unimaginable way – imagine unlimited energy technology, anti-gravity, consciousness-interface technologies, not to mention the shift in mentality of people once they realize that there’s a whole universe out there that we can explore, together, with other distant families… But regardless,  there’s so many accounts that people have, I’ve even seen one myself. Let’s just say hypothetically that maybe there’s 50 million people on this planet that have seen or interacted with an E.T. craft or its inhabitants (that’s an extremely low estimate). If just one of them is telling the truth then at least there’s something serious that we need to look into.  Just the fact that there’s an obvious coverup warrants research. The fact that the creation stories of almost all ancient cultures on our planet involve heavenly beings descending from the stars, teaching how to form society, agriculture, science, math, etc., that warrants research. Check the Sumerian tablets, re-read Genesis, check the Dogon, the Maya, the Hopi, the Egyptian pantheon, etc… Something amazing is going on. Besides, if the universe is endless (as far as we can tell), with an untold number of stars and planets, why would life exist here only? That’s like being a microscopic dust mite on a tree in the amazon jungle and thinking, “I wonder if there’s other trees with life on them…” if dust mites could think like that, you know what I mean! It’s a real mind-opener, heart-opener, the E.T. thing…

P: I know that you live a healthy lifestyle…can you tell us a bit about that?

Cave: Health comes from within, so first you have to get your mind right, it’s a challenge. Nowadays if you pay attention to the situation, it takes positive attitude and faith too, faith in something, if anything, in yourself as an unlimited being capable of overcoming challenges and obstacles. Without faith we’re powerless.  There’s exercises you can do for that, obviously prayer and meditation, just being and feeling yourself for what you really are, rising above the noise of the carnal mind, it’s one of the best things you can do to re-energize your mind, body, and spirit. Then there’s physical exercise of course, nowadays we tend to sit in front of computers alot and then get in the car and drive somewhere else to sit some more, we need to get up and move around a bit, do some jumping jacks, stretching, push ups, yoga, make love, whatever just do something, I try to get my heart going, hopefully break a sweat somehow at least once a day. Use it or lose it. Then there’s diet, I’ve been experimenting with diet for so long, I’ve found recently that the ultimate diet (for me at least) is just simply raw fruit and vegetables. Fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch and dinner, fruit for snacks. Some nuts here and there. People have cured themselves of “terminal” illnesses by eating this way. It’s revolutionary. It’s hard though, getting over the addictions we have to all these unhealthy foods. It’s been shown in experiments that the body reacts to cooked food by dispatching millions of white blood cells – that’s an immune system response, similar to when a pathogen enters the body. Because the enzymes are dead, the body doesn’t know what to do with the food, thinks it’s an intruder. But nothing can compare to the natural high you feel when you eat raw like this for even just a few days. You feel light, easy, and high, kind of like you’re floating above yourself. People trip out about protein. Little do they know that fruits and vegetables contain more than adequate protein. Spinach, for example, contains more usable protein percentage-wise than beef. We’ve been sold this myth that we need to consume the flesh of other creatures to sustain ourselves. It’s totally false, a large part of the war-on-Terra. So is large-scale grain cultivation, or any kind of industrial agriculture. It destroys the habitat, catalyses greed, hoarding, and starvation as a weapon, and it’s unnecessary. Another “gift” from our E.T. overseers/Earth Plantation managers. Eventually in our evolution we’ll get to the point where we don’t need to eat dense food at all, we can get our sustenance straight from the source. It’s been done before, besides, man does not live by bread alone…

P: Right on…any last words?  Shout outs?

Cave: Thanks for having me!  Would like to say Peace, Love, and Thanks to the world, family, friends, fellow Earth-Riders, Jedi-Knights, Krystal Kids, ya’ll know who you are… Let’s stay positive and blast off, get free, all that good stuff, there’s no losing for players, cause the game is so perfect with so many layers. But if you’re not in it for the Love, then get out and re-align while you got the time. Look out for me and my boys in 2009 and beyond, glowin like neon for eons, turn your chi on…

For more information on Cave, please check the following links:

Cave MySpace:

ConCave MySpace:

Cdbaby a.r.t. page:

Cdbaby zoolife page:

Free Downloads:

ConCave Zoolife album download:

Cave – A.R.T. album free download:

Street CD Hustlers = Street CD Busters (most of the time)

Aye Yo! You like hip hop?

It’s happened to us all.  You’re minding your own biz, walking down the street, then out of nowhere you see him….the garbage ass cd slangin’ rapper with the stankin ass breath.  You know who I’m talking about…the super hip hop guy who hangs outside Fat Beats and tourist areas wearing overly hip hop gear and a cracked out smile.  He exists to prey on busters, which is commendable in some situations, but at the same time, he is one of the biggest problems in hip hop: true wackness.  It’s a proven fact that 99 out of 100 of these rappers are terrible and shouldn’t have ever touched a mic.  So, in true Spit Hate / The Ready Cee Show fashion, we’re gonna put you up on a little game and teach you how to deal with these guys.  Needless to say, this only applies to those of you who are interested in handling the situation in a semi-polite way as the flip side is just bustin a nigga dead in the jaw and skating.

First of all, do not make eye contact if you can avoid it. Ignoring the clown is probably your best bet.  Treat that fucka like a human AIDS virus and steer clear of the headache if you can.  Keep it moving and stride on by.

If you do happen to make eye contact, pretend you can’t hear them.  It would be great if you were on your phone, or have headphones, because it’s much easier to pretend that you can’t hear them when you’re preoccupied.  If you don’t have a prop to fall back on, pretend you don’t hear them anyway.  The borderline feeling of being a dick because you’re ignoring another human being  is ok as this doofus is trying to sell you a subpar product.  It’s ok.  Now, they will try to catch you with the classic line, “aye yo, do you like hip hop?” Duh, of course we like good hip hop, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.  Just tell em “no” or “I like country” and keep it moving.  This question is  such a trick question because any answer aside from “no” opens the door for dialogue.  DO NOT GET INTO DIALOGUE WITH A BITCH RAPPER!!

Absolutely, under no circumstances, do you allow the rapper to put the cd in your hand. They will do it so slick as if they’re just handing it out for free…but we, and you, know better.  It’s an ancient Chinese tape slangin’ secret to put a cd in the victim’s hand and make them hang around and listen to a garbage pitch.  Textbook.  It’s all negative from that point on.  Well, ok, the only positive that can come from having a cd placed in your hand is that you get to witness the crappy product being pushed on you….which can be very entertaining sometimes.  Bitch rappers have bad spelling, goofy artwork, and funny song names, but it’s not worth the interaction.  If you’re not holding the cd for the purpose of laughter, immediately give it back.  Remember, the longer you hold it, the more you’ll have to hear that the shit is hot, how they’re just trying to make it, and how much they’ll let it go for. Blah.

If you’re silly enough to be drawn in for a listen, please do yourself a favor and DO NOT LET THE RAPPER PUT THOSE LICE INFESTED HEADPHONES OF HIS ON YOUR HEAD. You may die if you put those headphones on..A)from disease and B) from the garbage music you’ll hear.  Just don’t do it.

If you feel sorry for the rapper and end up buying  a cd, please redeem yourself by throwing the cd back at the rapper.  Assault is a good thing in this case.  If you’re in a tourist area with police cameras and want to avoid trouble, throw the cd on the ground, and smash that shit like LL did in the “I’m Bad” video during the jelly bean line.  Really crush that shit into nothing and dip.

We’re not hating on good rappers, just these guys…but we are full of hate in general.  Fuck em.