HBO Releasing ‘Game of Thrones’ Mixtape
In one of the more surprising stories to come out today, HBO is apparently trying raise the profile of Game of Thrones by releasing, of all things, a mixtape.
Ten rappers and Latin music artists have been hired to work on the project, titled Catch the Throne (a title that runs the risk of pissing off Kanye West, who’s positively Joffrey-esque in making mountains out of molehills). Among the artists to be featured are Big Boi, Common, Wale, Bodega Bamz, and Daddy Yankee, and their contributions will include beats made from samples from the show.
“Twenty years ago, Wu-Tang was breaking ground,” Common told Wall Street Journal. “Nowadays, people are open to anything. There are no limitations to hip-hop culture.”
Common has already contributed verses to the project (“I sit and think when I’m in my zone/ This life is like a Game of Thrones”), as has Big Boi, whose rap features a chorus of “Dungeons, dragons, kings, and queens,” which is the kind of non-specificity that has me wondering if any of these people have actually watched the show before. Not that being more than passingly familiar with the material has ever been a prerequisite for appearing on a soundtrack. I mean, really, do we have any way of knowing that Seal has actually seen Batman Forever?
The mixtape will be released free online this Friday by HBO, ahead of the Game of Thrones season four premiere on Sunday, April 6.