As promised, HBO's Game of Thrones mixtape is here. Big Boi and Wale bookend the tape with "Mother of Dragons" and "King Slayer" respectively. In between lies a diverse cast of veterans and upstarts -- Common, Daddy Yankee, Snow tha Product and this year's 10 to Watch rapper Kilo Kish.
So what can you expect from a mixtape where random rappers rap about Game of Thrones? Life is like Game of Thrones metaphors? Check. "Spit fire iike Khaleesi" metaphors? Check. Things that rhyme with "Westeros"? Check.
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Catch the Throne Tracklist
- Big Boi - "Mother of Dragons"
- Magazeen - "Iron Throne"
- Bodega Bamz - "Win or Die"
- Kilo Kish - "Magical Reality"
- Daddy Yankee - "Born to Rule"
- Dominik Omega - "Arya's Prayer"
- Dee Goodz - "The Parallel"
- Snow tha Product - "Fire"
- Common - "The Ladder"
- Wale - "King Slayer"
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Little known fact: Rappers love Game of Thrones. Some of them will get a chance to translate that love into dollars this weekend. HBO has recruited a group of hip-hop artists for a Game of Thrones-themed mix tape, Catch the Throne. The tape will feature Common, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Wale and more, reports the Wall Street Journal.
HBO sees the tape as an opportunity to bring in more hip-hop viewers, or as they say in the advertising world "the urban audience." Says Lucinda Martinez, HBO's SVP of multicultural marketing (that's a thing?): "Our multicultural audiences are a very important part of our subscribers, and we don't want to take them for granted."Catch the Throne is expected to drop this Friday.
Sample lyrics, via Wale:
I'm tellin' whoever messin' with me
I can bring you that Khaleesi heat
Use my King, knack for words, as an actual sword
I can decapitate a rapper...
In the meantime, check out Shea Serrano's beautiful illustration of rappers as Game of Thrones characters on MySpace.
Lupe Fiasco has been dropping a ton of new music lately, as he steadily gathers momentum for his new album Tetsuo & Youth. Lu's latest, "Thorns & Horns," features Ab-Soul. The thing is heavily tagged but you can still enjoy Lupe's "look ma, no hands" technique. Not to be outdone, Ab-Soul drops this doozy: "I'm King James with a blunt lit/My name ring like a phone call/It's only right you meet defeat/I guess thats protocol." LeBron just dropped 61 points on the Bobcats, so the King James rhyme is clutch.
Listen to "Thorns & Horns" below.
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