(AllHipHop News) The world of Westeros is about to be invaded by rap stars. HBO recruited Hip Hop performers, along with Latin musicians, to provide songs for an upcoming mixtape in support of the show Game of Thrones. The project is called Catch the Throne.
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Ten different artists including Big Boi, Common, Wale, Magazeen, Daddy Yankee, and Bodega Bamz rapped over tracks layered with dialogue from the show and music from its score. The project is part of a marketing strategy to promote HBO and its content to African American and Latino audiences.
The artist’s lyrics on Catch the Throne will center around the themes of the program: kings, queens, dragons, war, and politics. Common compares the mixtape to early Wu-Tang Clan projects when the group incorporated martial arts movie clips into their music.
“Twenty years ago, Wu-Tang was breaking ground,” Common told the WSJ. “Nowadays, people are open to anything. There are no limitations in Hip Hop culture.”
Some of the participants are not regular watchers of Game of Thrones, but OutKast emcee Big Boi is a huge fan of the fantasy series.
“I’m really happy. I get to be part of the process of one of my favorite shows,” said Big Boi.
Catch the Throne is scheduled to be released this Friday, March 7th. Game of Thrones season 4 premieres on Sunday, April 6th on HBO.
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Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones season 4 below.