A few months back, acclaimed Hip Hop duo Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P), toyed around with the idea of re-releasing their 2013 album Run The Jewels, featuring production comprised of nothing but cat sounds… we learned shortly thereafter, this was no joke.
El-P initially came up with the idea whilst smoking weed in his kitchen and trying come up with concepts for the Mass Appeal Pre-Order Packages, “I was bored, and though it would be funny if we came up with a bunch of fake ones…$40,000 seemed achievable, apparently, for a remix album made out of cat sounds.”
And so, Meow The Jewels was born.
When the MTJ Kickstarter originally launched, Just Blaze, who’s production is featured on classic albums such as Jay Z‘s The Blueprint 1 & 2 + The Black Album, said that if RTJ met their goal not only would he contribute towards the project but he would also release a collection of downloadable drum samples from 2001-2005 for free!
Keeping true to his word, Just Blaze has of yesterday made his collection, aptly titled, Meow The Drums available to download from the RTJ site.
Included in the download was a message from the producer himself:
The world’s most infamous…
Thanks to all who contributed to making Meow The Jewels a success. For the uninitiated, I promised to contribute a remix to the project if it was funded, and as an added bonus a good amount of the signature drums I used on many records in the early half of the 2000’s. Please note these are the raw, relatively unprocessed files straight out of my MPC (hence the delay in tracking them down and getting them to you guys). That said, in most cases, you’re not going to instantly press a pad and be like “OMG, IT’S THE SUCH AND SUCH SNARE!” (though that will happen in a few cases). I used a lot of layering, compression, and EQ / Mix techniques to get these things to sound like the drums many of you knew and loved. Enjoy this starting point, and happy drumming!
P.S. This is just the beginning.. Stay tuned to Splice.com for much more!!
You can download the Meow The Drums here — for FREE.