HBO Hopes to Grow "Game of Thrones'" Audience Through The Power of Hip-Hop
Time Warner's HBO hopes to attract more rap fans to watch Game of Thrones with a hip-hop mixtape featuring rappers like Big Boi.
Game of Thrones, HBO's hit fantasy saga of blood, sex, and politics, returns for a fourth season in April. The season premiere will be preceded by this 10-song mixtape, titled Catch the Throne, which is set for release on Friday. (Click here for the track list; songs are based on specific episodes of the show.) The featured artists, such as Common, Wale, and reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, seem super-enthusiastic about nerding out over this fantasy epic. For instance, here is "Mother of Dragons" by Big Boi (of Outkast fame), which includes the lyric:
"Fuck the Lannisters and everybody ridin' with 'em / Jon Snow and the Night's Watch finna slide some iron in 'em."
("HBO has not revealed if a Tyrion response track is forthcoming," reported Rolling Stone.)
And here's "King Slayer" by Wale:
"Usin' my king knack for words, as a actual sword / I could decapitate a rapper / If he be lacking, he gone."
George R. R. Martin, the famous 65-year-old author of the books on which the show is based, was not available to comment on the Game of Thrones rap mixtape. "I am sure he loves it but I won't be able to get a quote for ya," says Vince Gerardis, Martin's manager and a Game of Thrones co-executive producer (along with Martin). "I love it," Gerardis added.