HBO Hires Hip Hop Artists to Rap About Game of Thrones

Shawn Estabilio, Journalist

I’m tellin’ whoever messin’ with me

I can bring you that Khaleesi heat

Use my King, knack for words, as an actual sword

I can decapitate a rapper…

Those were some of the lyrics that Hip Hop artist Whale rhymed in his Game of Thrones rap.

Whale usually rhymes about familiar Hip Hop themes like cars, woman, and chains. But recently he’s been rhyming about HBO’s hit television series “Game of Thrones“, a show based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Tale of Ice and Fire” novels.

HBO hopes that Whale’s influence can get fans of Hip Hop to watch Game of Thrones. It’s not such a far fetched move. Rappers have always had a big influence on popular culture. Rapper Snoop Dogg helped boost the sale of tanqueray with his song “Gin and Juice“.  Hip Hop legend RZA of Wu Tang Clan is also credited with the recent popularity of chess in the inner cities.

With the knowledge of Hip Hop’s influence on company sales, HBO has hired 10 Hip Hop artists to rap about Game of Thrones. This has resulted in a 10 song “mixtape” called “Catch the Throne” and is expected to be released March 6.

Producers from Launch Point Records got together and layered samples of dialogue and music from the show over Hip Hop beats. They then had the hired rappers rhyme over them.

In addition to Whales, other renowned artists like Common and Big Boi have recorded songs for the mixtape as well.

HBO hopes that through the “Catch the Throne” mixtape, they’ll attract a more multicultural audience.

Common said that he’s watched Game of Thrones through the middle of season 2 and says that he loves its “complexity and the depth of characters such as Tyrion Lannister“. Tyrion Lannister is a major character and fan favorite in the show who is played by Peter Dinklage.

Common also has drawn comparisons between the “Catch the Throne” mixtape and albums released by Hip Hop group Wu Tang Clan. The comparison is a good one, being that the Game of Thrones mixtape is breaking ground by sampling music and dialogue from a medieval show and Wu Tang Clan used samples from 1970s Chinese action movies. Wu Tang Clan is known for there use of martial arts, superhero’s, and other non-typical Hip Hop themes.

“Twenty years ago, Wu-Tang was breaking ground,” Common said in an interview. “Nowadays, people are open to anything. There are no limitations in hip-hop culture.”

HBO will be releasing the mixtape for free via the internet this Friday.