HBO Drops Beats and Rhymes into Game of Thrones Promos


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HBO wants more hip-hop heads and reggaeton lovers to watch Game of Thrones this season—and The Wall Street Journal is ON IT.

This Friday the network will drop a free mixtape featuring top rhymers ranging from Wale to Daddy Yankee, who riff on Seven Kingdoms themes in order to raise awareness of the show among more “multicultural” audiences (their word).

Unfortunately, Drake sat this one out; he was too busy firing his PR firm.

The issue, it seems, is that the percentage of black and Latino viewers who tune in to watch Winter coming each week is lower than the number who watch HBO in general.

Featured artist Common compares the tape to The Wu-Tang Clan’s fascination with 70’s karate flicks. We can’t imagine the rhymes being quite as tight as the 36 Chambers, but Wale’s verse is certainly graphic:

“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…”

The show, of course, includes quite a few of its own signature disses and threats. We don’t mean to go all Daenarys Targaryen on Wale (we’d rather snark like Tyrion), but we’d like to hear him respond to this line:

“The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.”

No need to pass that mic; you just got Drogon’d (rimshot).

We hoped the lineup would include some nerdcore or alt-rap, but we trust Common and Big Boi to pay due respect to Hodor and the business that made this all possible: Pirate Bay.