The duo were first acquainted on Mike’s fully El produced and critically-acclaimed 2012 LP, R.A.P. Music. The two came together in 2013 to release an outstanding self-titled album that was widely considered one of the best Hip-Hop albums of the year.
One year later in 2014, they launched an even more brutal sequel, Run the Jewels 2. Later that year, El-P got stoned and dared people on Twitter to make a Kickstarter campaign to remix the album. Eventually, the remixed album was named Meow the Jewels (featuring, you guessed it, cat sounds) and it surpassed its goal of $45,100. The money from the campaign went to charity, and they released it for free like their previous albums and even pressed it on vinyl.