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Cat Rap Moves From Voice to Video With “All Meow Life”

EL-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels outdo their previous effort of making rap from cat sounds.

Keith Bowers  |  Nov 11th 2015


I don’t know much about hip-hop or rap past the 1990s. Doesn’t matter. And it shouldn’t for you either today. All you need to know is two guys who call themselves Run the Jewels and who earlier this year remade their most recent rap album using cat sounds, calling it Meow the Jewels, just put out the video below. It’s made from about 140,000 short cat videos (many of them repeated) and is set to one of their cat-rap songs called “All Meow Life.”

It contains a bit of profanity, so witness it from a safe location (and by “safe” I mean away from anyone including a boss, co-worker, your mom, someone else’s mom, fellow burrito-stand patron, or commuter train seat-mate who might not just now want to hear profane pronouncements backing an insane barrage of moving cat images).

Speaking of barrage, the two guys who make up Run the Jewels, EL-P and Killer Mike, have really outdone themselves. (Not that I’d know. But they must have.) Just look what this video contains. (I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the shorts.)

It contains a cat wearing some weird-ass computer-generated rainbow-pattern-thing glasses:

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It contains a cat surrounded by flying pizza:

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It contains Cat Woman. (Of course it contains Cat Woman.)

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It contains a dancing girl (or boy in drag) topped by a cat head that we GUARANTEE David Lynch now wishes he’d invented and featured in Twin Peaks:

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It contains a cat barfing up a rainbow:

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It contains a fat gray cat with yellow laser eyes:

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It contains Katharine Hepburn and the leopard, Baby, from Bringing Up Baby:

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It has a cat with eight front legs:

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It has this other thing David Lynch also wishes he’d invented that we don’t know what the hell it is:

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And all those images? They’re taken from just the first, I don’t know, 15 seconds of the video, so you have lots more to see.

Now. Find a safe corner, put on your headphones, and witness the feline genius that is “All Meow Life.”

About Keith Bowers: This broad-shouldered, bald-headed, leather-clad motorcyclist also has passions for sharp clothing, silver accessories, great writing, the arts, and cats. This career journalist loves painting, sculpting, photographing, and getting on stage. He once was called “a high-powered mutant,” which also describes his cat, Thomas. He is senior editor at Catster.