(Charity!) MP3(s) of the Day #890: Run the Jewels / Meow the Jewels

By on Monday, 28th September 2015 at 10:00 am
 

When we were at SXSW 2015 back in March, I was at Cedar Street Courtyard, staring at a massive hanging sign for Meow the Jewels, emblazoned with a large grey and white cat wearing serious bling. I like cats a whole lot but I thought this sign was a massive, hilarious joke targeted at cat owners. Later on of course, I read that American hip hop duo Run the Jewels actually planned on taking this ball of yarn (heh heh, get it?), running with it to put together the first-ever cat remix album, featuring what else but cats meowing and purring on these new versions of songs from their album ‘Run the Jewels 2’. Remixers collaborating on this project include Zola Jesus and Geoff Barrow of Portishead. For an idea of what this sounds like, have a listen to first taster ‘Meowrly’ below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQIgapTd84w[/youtube]

In case you missed why they decided to do this project in the first place, here’s a brief run-down. Run the Jewels members El-P and Killer Mike decided they wanted to raise money for the families of victims of American police brutality, determining that a concept album as absurd as a collection of remixes featuring cat noises would reflect the absurdity of the senseless killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and others. After a successful Kickstarter campaign proved the public was keen on backing the project, no matter how ridiculous the means, the concept became a reality, and last Friday, the ‘Meow the Jewels’ album became available on the Run the Jewels Web site.

We’re running this post as an MP3(s) of the Day feature because you can download the remix album in digital format for free from their Web site; however, if you so wish to contribute to their cause, limited edition vinyl is available for purchase.

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