National Lawyer's Guild Mass Defence Committee added to Michael Brown and Eric Garner families as recipients
Rap duo Run The Jewels have revealed the final benefactor from charity Kickstarter project ‘Meow the Jewels’.
The crowdfunded album originally aimed to raise $40,000 (£26,000), which was to be donated to the families of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two American victims of police brutality. It eventually raised around $65,000 (£42,000). As the funds have now surpassed the original targets, further money has also now been assigned, and will be donated to the National Lawyer’s Guild Mass Defence Committee.
On the album’s Kickstarter page, the duo explained their support for the fund:
“The remaining profit left over from the Kickstarter pledges along with all future profits from the project (including all vinyl and merchandise sales), will be donated to the National Lawyers Guild’s Mass Defense Committee. This is a network of lawyers, legal workers, and law students providing legal support for political activists, protesters and movements for social change.”
“We are honored and excited to contribute to their work going forward. We feel like it falls in line with the spirit of who Run The Jewels and the Jewel Runners are, as well as the whole idea behind Meow The Jewels.”
The band add:
“You guys made Meow The Jewels happen and it’s been a huge success. Not only are cats everywhere celebrating, but we’ve also managed to do some real good for humans as well. As the packages of rewards are shipped and the numbers are coming in, we are now seeing a clearer picture of the results of this demented little experiment in philanthropy/cat noise.”
‘Meow the Jewels’ is a bizarre remix album that uses cat sounds over a beat to recreate Run The Jewels typical sound.
“So what may have started life as a joke is in fact as far from a novelty as the rest of the Atlanta rap politicos’ catalogue. The feline voices here aren’t just tacked on as an addendum to El-P’s thunderous, galactic production. Instead, they’re organically woven through the tracks. Synth stabs are replaced by shrieking feline yelps on ‘All Meow Life’, remixed by New York electronic whizz Nick Hook.”