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Run The Jewels are the audacious and uncompromising rap duo who've always maintained the perfect balance of frivolousness and severity. It's their yin and yang personalities, appearances and backgrounds that are a large measure of their genius and it's why their loyal fan-base is so pervasive. When the pair are not touring relentlessly, both Killer Mike and El-P are usually spotted online, sparking playful social media debates on spirited topics like classic '90s cartoons and 4:20, while simultaneously earning their place as one of the most politically engaged rap groups making music today, with their conscious lyrics and vital social commentary. Now rallying together under the banner of humor and merging their polar energies, Run The Jewels has set out to make another innovative leap for the rap community with the release of Meow The Jewels, the cat-centric fan-funded remix LP of their last album Run The Jewels 2, a year after its release.

"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 the feline-centric release hit the interwebs this past week. What originated as a magnetic joke to gain pre-order attention for RTJ2 last year, soon mutated into a fan-formed Kickstarter campaign after the pair had teased that for $40,000, they would remix their latest record using only cat sounds. Calling their bluff, the duo's avid devotees and the rampant "cat-internet culture" online community joined forces, raising $65,000 to ensure the creation of the world's first cat-rap album. And a year later, Killer Mike and El-P have finally delivered on their promise, with proceeds of the LP and limited edition vinyl going directly to victims of police brutality.

Although the amalgamation of hip-hop and cat culture may initially trigger reasonable confusion, it's a statement piece that rap's power duo are willing to deliver with the hopes of, not just pleasing their fundraising fans, but to elevate responsiveness for a superior cause. And despite the long-running jest, the album is a well-executed entertaining experience, partly due to featured remixes and collaborations from the likes of Just Blaze, Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Blood Diamonds, the Alchemist and Massive Attack's 3D, who lend a feline lustre to the most ferociously realized rap record of last year, through the use of augmented yowls, purrs, screeches and meows.

The cat-encrusted instrumentals clearly differ sporadically from Run the Jewels' usual bass-jockeyed beats and serve as conceptual interpretations from each guest-producer. But still, it's an oddly fitting experiment, as Killer Mike and El-P verbally pounce like Savannah cats, with Mike's avid drawl and El-P's fervent speed. Internet celebrity cat Lil Bub appropriately partners with Snoop Dogg on opening track 'Meowpurrdy', a play on RTJ2's 'Jeopardy', as Snoop embraces the remix album's concept, beginning to hum the famous Meow Mix jingle, while probably high on catnip. Previously released 'Meowrly', adds enthusiastic and rhythmic purrs to the BOOTS-produced RTJ2 track 'Early', without going overboard, while 'Close Your Eyes and Meow To Fluff', takes an album favourite and creates a parody of itself, while still maintaining the same eccentric energy as the original.

Meow The Jewels is an odd sonic dwelling where obsessive cat culture, rap culture and supporters of justice collide. It's oxymoronic. It's uncalled for and essential. It's ridiculous and severe. It's useless and powerful. It's everything Run The Jewels stands for. The duo have made it abundantly clear that although releasing the remixes are in good fun, they'd simply have no interest in delivering the pet project if it wasn't a charitable delivery and took to the album's liner notes to simplify it all: "Together we have managed to do a little good using the stupidest method possible and for that we salute you."

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