Full disclaimer before reading this post: I’m a huge White Stripes fan. They are my favourite band of all-time, so when it comes to writing about them, it’s pretty much impossible for me to remain free of bias. I can still remember the first time I listened to them. I was in junior high, and I came home to find that my father had bought a copy of White Blood Cells. It was nothing like anything I had heard before. I fell in love and proceeded to buy the rest of their albums, as well as tracking down all their B-sides, covers, live performances, and rarities. To this day, I challenge anyone to show me someone with a larger collection of songs from the Detroit duo in their iTunes library. I’ve also closely followed Jack White’s other projects, from his collaboration with Alicia Keys on the Quantum of Solace theme song to The Dead Weather to The Raconteurs, and I firmly believe he is one of the greatest guitarists of my generation. How many kids out there have picked up an electric guitar and learned how to play after hearing “Seven Nation Army”? I don’t know, but I’m willing to bet at least a few.

That said, I’m surprised that it took this long for someone to think of this idea, mashing up classic rap songs with White Stripes instrumentals. Initially I was pretty skeptical when I stumbled upon Stars & Stripes: The White Stripes Reimagined, especially given the fact there’s been a whole lot more terrible rap-rock mashup albums than good ones (I’m looking at you Collision Course). Luckily for me though, this is pretty good, thanks to Flint, Michigan rapper/producer Adrian Champion‘s attention to detail and excellent song selection.

The thirteen tracks on this album feature a who’s who of the hip-hop world including Busta Rhymes, Common, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye, Mos Def, Nas, and Pharoahe Monch, rapping over fan-favourite White Stripes songs such as “Icky Thump”, Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, and “My Doorbell”. Picking just one highlight from Stars & Stripes is hard, but OutKast’s “Bombs Over Baghdad” over the riff-filled “Blue Orchid” is particularly awesome. Champion also jumps on the Stripes’ lesser-known “Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise”, with some pretty deft rhymes about U.S. soldiers and the war in Iraq. Hopefully this will tide White Stripes’ fans over until the band’s next album comes out, which according to Jack White in a recent Vanity Fair interview, is apparently in the works.

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Download the entire album for free here and some of the highlights below.

DOWNLOAD: Adrian Champion – “Bombs Over Orchids (The White Stripes x OutKast)” | Mediafire

DOWNLOAD: Adrian Champion – “Got Yourself A Cannon (The White Stripes x Jay-Z)” | Mediafire

DOWNLOAD: Adrian Champion – “Ms. Doorbell (The White Stripes x Mos Def)” | Mediafire

DOWNLOAD: Adrian Champion – “Stars & Stripes (The White Stripes x Adrian Champion & Brian Jacobs)” | Mediafire