'Game of Thrones' to issue mixtape, 'Catch the Throne'

Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic

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. (Notably, the most glaring absence on this mix is Watch the Throne, the acclaimed hip-hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P, whose moniker obviously inspired the mix's title.)

"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.  

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