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A "Game of Thrones" mixtape. Let that sink in for a second.
Now. What would that sound like? War drums and pastoral lutes? Maybe some gutteral Gregorian chants? Music that sounds like Marcus Mumford’s great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather? Lots of Iron Maiden? Deep tracks from Jethro Tull?
No. When you think of “Game of Thrones,” you think hip-hop and reggaeton -- of course -- and if you don’t, the series is hoping its new mix will set you on the proper course. In anticipation of the fourth season of the popular show about a mystical realm at war, HBO is offering “Catch the Throne: The Mixtape,” aimed at turning rap fans into viewers.
Featuring exclusive tracks from Big Boi, Common, Daddy Yankee and others, “Catch the Throne” is inspired by series themes and storylines, and samples from the musical score, and hopefully dialogue, adapting it to fit the spirit of a millennium hence. (A glaring absence on this mix is Run the Jewels, the acclaimed hip-hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P that meshes with the mix's title nicely.)
"Catch the Throne" will be available for download through Soundcloud on March 7 in anticipation of the "Game of Thrones" season premiere on April 6. Whether anyone rhymes “George R.R. Martin” with “Get this party startin’ ” or “Jon Snow” with “molly and blow” is not yet known.
Updated, March 6 2:42 p.m.: The original version this post incorrectly identified the hip hop duo featuring Killer Mike and El-P. It is Run the Jewels, not, as originally written, Watch the Throne.
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