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Friday, November 14, 2014

Cat Rap Fans Rejoice: Meow the Jewels Is Actually Happening

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Run the Jewels, with cats.
  • Run the Jewels, with cats.

As if Run the Jewels, the rascally hip-hop team that plays the Mezzanine tonight, weren't beloved enough already (check our interview with them here for their take on the new record and their correct opinions on California weed), now they've gone and won the hearts of cat-rap lovers everywhere: Meow the Jewels, which started as one fan's dream of recreating the duo's first album using nothing but cat noises, has become a reality, thanks to the magic of the Internet (and the neverending love story between the Internet and cats).

Sly Jones, who we can't officially say was stoned when he came up with this idea but really, come on, successfully hit his goal of raising $40,000 — in large part due to social media support from the rappers themselves — in order to get Killer Mike and El-P to re-record the entire LP using cat sounds. Here's a video from the Phoenix New Times, in which Jones and the admirably down-for-whatever rappers meet up ahead of their Phoenix show to discuss some important production details. 
And in case you missed it, here's the original Kickstarter video. As of this writing, Jones has actually raised more than $65,000 from big-spending supporters who were drawn in by rewards like "You can submit a recording of your cat making noises/sounds. Then I'll get El-P to feature said cat noises on MTJ. Maybe even get your cats name in the liner notes," and "A super limited vinyl edition of MTJ autographed by Mike and El-P and maybe a cat."

Uh, anyway. See you at the show tonight? Unfortunately, we should all probably leave our cats at home.
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