Winter is still a ways off, but a new hip-hop mixtape prepped by the producers of HBO's high-fantasy program Game of Thrones featuring the likes of Big Boi, Wale and Common is apparently due later this week.
A full list of artists has yet to be revealed, but the punnily titled Catch the Throne — a nod to Kanye West and Jay Z's Watch the Throne — is expected to land this Friday (March 7). According to the Wall Street Journal, producers at New York's Launch Point Records have strung together dialogue from the show and orchestral scores with new raps and beats.
Big Boi had mentioned his involvement in the project last month, with new details surfacing that the Outkast member's track has him spitting over a military marching beat about the program's "Mother of Dragons" Daenerys Targaryen (a.k.a. Khaleesi, a.k.a. Daenerys Stormborn, a.k.a. Dany). It also is said to feature the chorus "Dungeons, dragons, kings and queens!"
Common, a fan of the show, has also contributed themed verses, comparing references to the show to the Wu-Tang Clan's aptness with sampling martial arts movies and rapping about Shaolin Kung Fu. "Twenty years ago, Wu-Tang was breaking ground," Common said. "Nowadays, people are open to anything. There are no limitations in hip-hop culture."
Wale's thus far unnamed track likewise has him bringing that "Khaleesi heat," while other artists involved in Catch the Throne include Bodega Bamz, reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee and dancehall performer Magazeen.
If you're curious as to why George R.R. Martin's beloved series is suddenly getting treated to a mixtape, it seems that it's all in attempts to broaden the show's audience. The WSJ writes: "The goal is to reach out to the show's urban, 'multicultural' audience, a demographic that includes African-Americans and Latinos, and help capture more viewers and expand the premium cable channel's subscriber base."
The fourth season of Game of Thrones begins April 6 on HBO.