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Yo, 'Game of Thrones' raps: Official hip-hop mix tape coming

"Game of Thrones" is about to get down with the release of a free mix tape of rap, hip-hop, and Latin artists laying down tracks for the realm.

Common recording
Common records some "Game of Thrones"-inspired music.
Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Unless you were decapitated in front of a screaming crowd in King's Landing, you probably already know the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" is starting soon. One of the unusual celebrations ahead of its debut is an official HBO-sponsored project called "Catch the Throne," a mix tape of hip-hop and rap tributes to the blood-soaked series.

When you think of music and "Game of Thrones," you probably hear the symphonic theme song in your head, rather than Big Boi spilling rhymes about Westeros. That's all about to change when the free 10-song collection is released on Soundcloud, likely within the next few days.

Here's a sample of what you can expect from the lyrics: Common raps, "I sit and think when I'm in my zone. This life is like a game of thrones." Other artists include Daddy Yankee, Wale, Big Boi, and Dee Goodz. According to The Wall Street Journal, the album will feature snippets of dialogue and music from the show melded with hip-hop beats.

The concept for the collection may seem unusual at first, but it's really a tribute to the wide appeal of "Game of Thrones." Countless other artists have made their own tributes, ranging from an Iron Throne made of keyboards to a set of Japanese-style illustrations of the characters. There's no reason rappers shouldn't join in the fun.

Plus, this means "Game of Thrones" fans will have something to crank up on the stereo systems of their cars sporting "valar morghulis" and "Guns don't kill people, George R.R. Martin kills people" bumper stickers.

(Via Winter is Coming)