‘Meow the Jewels’ (review)

The first scholarly analysis of the 2015 Hip Hop remix album ‘Meow the Jewels’ is presented in Music Theory Online, Volume 22, Number 3, September 2016.

Author Professor Kyle Adams (at the Dept. of Music Theory, Indiana University, US) explains :

“Meow the Jewels should not even exist. The idea started out as a joke: after announcing the imminent release of their second album, Run the Jewels 2, producer El-P (Jaime Meline)—who makes up the duo with rapper Killer Mike (Michael Render)—glibly informed fans that for $40,000, they could purchase a complete remix of the album using only sampled cat sounds. Meline hardly expected to be taken seriously, but he underestimated the internet.”

The article can be read in full here : Playing with Beats and Playing with Cats: Meow the Jewels, Remixes, and Reinterpretations

Note: The album doesn’t seem to be available via the record label’s website


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