Westeros Beat: HBO to Create Hip-Hop Mixtape for Game of Thrones
Does rap music and medieval fantasy mix? According to the Wall Street Journal, HBO seems to think so.
HBO has allegedly hired ten hip-hop and Latin artists to rap about the hit series, Game Of Thrones, the result of which will be aptly named “Catch the Throne.” The mixtape itself promises to be an eclectic taste of overlapping dialogue from the show and the widely-recognized orchestral opening sequence, combined with hip-hop beats and Westeros-themed lyrics. Big names like Wale, Common, and Big Boi are expected to be on track, as well as several cross-over artists like Daddy Yankee. The idea behind this unusual campaign is to reach out to previously “untapped” bases of viewership — a hard thing to imagine, truthfully, considering how popular Game of Thrones has become, not only as a show but as a pop culture pillar. Regardless, HBO hopes to reach out to its “urban, multicultural” fan-base with this newest strategy, and this mixtape promises to add a whole new dimension for avid fans of the show to experience. The hip-hop artists themselves seem pleased to be involved in this ambitious venture. Big Boi himself stated: “I’m really happy. I get to be part of the process of one of my favorite shows.”
We can only sit and wait to see what the final product will be like — and perhaps I am mostly excited (like any other Westerosi with a brain) because literally anything that touches this indomitable franchise has been utter gold. If I can listen to Wale drop a line about Cersei Lannister’s fine (but certainly evil) bod, or hear Common rap about how it’s not easy being a Khaleesi, we’ve all won, in the end. Needless to say, when I move on to invade Qarth, I know what I’ll be listening to.