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El-P attempts to audition cats for upcoming remix album

This is furreal. 


Audra Schroeder


Posted on Oct 21, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 9:00 am CDT

Rappers El-P and Killer Mike have combined forces to form duo Run the Jewels, and they’ve been touring ahead of the release of their upcoming album, Run the Jewels 2, out Oct. 28. However, since the Internet can sometimes be a magical place, they’ve also recently crowdfunded a remix of the album, featuring only cat sounds.

Yes, Meow the Jewels has been successfully crowdfunded, a week ahead of its end date, and fans of Run the Jewels and feline rap have blown through the $40,000 goal. Big-name producers like Dan the Automator, Prince Paul, and Geoff Barrow of Portishead are also on board. So very soon, this track will be remixed with meows and purrs and hisses, because this is what the Internet wants. I mean, look at this promo video. 

El-P recently visited an animal shelter for Mass Appeal, to audition cats for the album. And because cats are cats, he didn’t get the best results.

“This is gonna be tough,” El-P laments as sad piano music plays in the background. “They keep showing me their assholes.”

El-P’s forgetting the golden rule of getting cats to meow for your remix album: Pretend you don’t care and they’ll be all over it. 

H/T Pitchfork | Screengrab via massappeal/YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 21, 2014, 2:56 pm CDT