Meow the Jewels

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Meow the Jewels
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Remix album by Run the Jewels
Released September 25, 2015 (2015-09-25)
Recorded 2013–2015
Genre Hip hop
Length 42:01
Label
Producer
Run the Jewels chronology
Run the Jewels 2
(2014)
Meow the Jewels
(2015)
Run the Jewels 3
(2016)
Singles from Meow the Jewels
  1. "Meowrly"
    Released: July 18, 2015

Meow the Jewels is a remix album by American hip hop duo Run the Jewels. It was released on September 25, 2015, by Mass Appeal Records and RED Distribution. The album, a remix of the duo's original album Run the Jewels 2, has all instrumentals replaced with sounds of cats.

Release and promotion[edit]

Run the Jewels, as part of the original album release, offered a series of absurd "deluxe releases" for large sums of money, parodying indulgent "stretch goals" offered on crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter.[1] One of the less expensive of these was the group creating a remix album using cat sounds; a group of fans launched an online campaign to raise the money to pay the group the requested $40,000 to do this.[2][3] The campaign in fact raised over $60,000, which Run the Jewels announced that the duo would be donating to charity.[3] Several other record producers announced that they would be contributing to the remixes, including Just Blaze, Prince Paul, The Alchemist, Geoff Barrow, Dan the Automator and Boots, among others.[4]

The album was released for free on September 25, 2015, while the pre-order for the limited-edition 2xLP was made available on the same day.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
Los Angeles Times(favorable)[8]
Pitchfork😻[9]
PopMatters7/10[10]
RapReviews.com6.5/10[11]

Meow the Jewels received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 74, based on six reviews.[6] Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic said, "Whereas the original Run the Jewels 2 was a perfect soundtrack for a night of mayhem, Meow the Jewels is the comedown after all that rabble-rousing."[7] Randall Roberts of Los Angeles Times said, "Meow the Jewels deliver emotional depth befitting nature's most psychologically elusive creature."[8] Adam Finley of PopMatters said, "Most of the internet's ideas end up in a wet mess on the kitchen floor, but this one, this one sticks."[10] Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork jokingly awarded the album a cat emoji, in oppose to the publication's usual rating out of 10, saying "while some tracks unwisely try to replicate the source material's dystopian energy, the best moments come when remixers go blissfully off-script."[9] Steve "Flash" Juon of RapReviews.com said, "The amount of enjoyment you take out of this is undoubtedly directly proportional to the amount of money you put into Meow the Jewels."[11]

Track listing[edit]

Meow the Jewels[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Remixer(s)Length
1."Meowpurrdy" (featuring Lil Bub, Maceo, Delonte and Snoop Dogg)El-P3:47
2."Oh My Darling Don't Meow"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
Just Blaze3:47
3."Pawfluffer Night"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
Zola Jesus2:43
4."Close Your Eyes and Meow to Fluff"
Geoff Barrow3:50
5."All Meow Life"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
Nick Hook3:08
6."Lie, Cheat, Meow"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
Prince Paul3:17
7."Meowrly"
Boots3:35
8."Paw Due Respect"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
Blood Diamonds3:11
9."Snug Again" (featuring Gangsta Boo)
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
Little Shalimar3:57
10."Creown"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
The Alchemist2:45
11."Angelsnuggler"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
Dan the Automator3:54
12."Creown"
  • El-P
  • Killer Mike
3D4:07
Total length:42:01

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 15, 2014). "Check Out The Ridiculous Run The Jewels 2 Deluxe Packages". Stereogum. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 16, 2014). "Run The Jewels Might Make A Version Of Their Album With Nothing But Cat Noises". Stereogum. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Meow the Jewels". Kickstarter. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (October 15, 2014). "Meow The Jewels Is Happening". Stereogum. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Camp, Zoe (September 25, 2015). "Run the Jewels Drop Meow the Jewels". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Meow the Jewels by Run the Jewels". Metacritic. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Yeung, Neil Z. "Meow the Jewels – Run the Jewels". AllMusic. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Roberts, Randall (September 30, 2015). "'Meow the Jewels': A landmark achievement in feline-based music". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (October 2, 2015). "Run the Jewels: Meow The Jewels". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Finley, Adam (October 21, 2015). "Run the Jewels: Meow the Jewels". PopMatters. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Juon, Steve "Flash" (September 29, 2015). "Run the Jewels :: Meow the Jewels :: Mass Appeal/RED Distribution". RapReviews.com. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Meow the Jewels by Run The Jewels". Apple Music. Retrieved May 5, 2018.