Just over a year after Run the Jewels revealed plans to turn their acclaimed 2014 LP Run the Jewels 2 into the cat-sampling remix album, El-P and Killer Mike have made good on their promise as Meow the Jewels is out now as a free download. "Did we make the silliest, occasionally most grating possible remix album? Of course. And we did it for you, Mike Brown and Eric Garner," El-P tweeted after announcing Meow the Jewels' arrival.
The literal pet project came after a Run the Jewels fan launched a fundraising Kickstarter campaign to convince the duo to remix their Run the Jewels 2 using cat samples. El-P soon aligned with the Kickstarter, tweeting in September 2014, "By the way if Meow the Jewels gets funded I will donate all money to charity. True story." After the rapper announced that he wanted the funds to go to charities benefitting the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the Kickstarter quickly soared past its $45,000 goal and Meow the Jewels was born.
Once Meow the Jewels was officially confirmed, a slew of notable producers and artists offered their remixing talents for the project, with Prince Paul, the Alchemist, Dan the Automater, Boots, Just Blaze, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Zola Jesus and Massive Attack's 3D among those who helped transform the Run the Jewels 2 tracks. Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub appropriately partners with Snoop Dogg on opening track "Meowpurrdy," a play on RTJ2's "Jeopardy." "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" is now "Close Your Eyes and Meow to Fluff," while RTJ2 closer "Angel Duster" has become "Angelsnuggler."
In addition to the free download, Run the Jewels will also release a fur-covered 2-LP version of Meow the Jewels this November. All profits from the one-time vinyl pressing will also go to charity. Reserve a copy at the RTJ Store.
Meow the Jewels Track List
1 "Meowpurrdy [ft. Lil Bub, Maceo, Delonte and Snoop Dogg] (remixed by El-P)"
2 "Oh My Darling Don't Meow (remixed by Just Blaze)"
3 "Pawfluffer Night (remixed by Zola Jesus)"
4 "Close Your Eyes and Meow to Fluff [ft. Zack de la Rocha] (remixed by Portishead's Geoff Barrow)"
5 "All Meow Life (remixed by Nick Hook)"
6 "Lie, Cheat, Meow (remixed by Prince Paul)"
7 "Meowrly (remixed by Boots)"
8 "Paw Due Respect (remixed by Blood Diamonds)"
9 "Snug Again [ft. Gangsta Boo] (remixed by Little Shalimar)"
10 "Creown (remixed by the Alchemist)"
11 "Angelsnuggler (remixed by Dan the Automator)"
12 "Creown (bonus) (remixed by Massive Attack's 3D)"