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Listen: Wale’s Ode to Game of Thrones, “King Slayer”

Catch the Throne, the cultural bone that HBO threw "urban" Game of Thrones viewers, was released lastwale3 week, as promised. The project features 10 hip-hop and Latin music artists including Wale, who arguably offers the project’s strongest track with "King Slayer," an ode to amoral knight Jaime Lannister. Despite admitting to being an infrequent Game of Thrones viewer, the rapper uses a few references and the analogy of rap as a battle to breathe life into the song: "Got my back to the Wall/This isn’t rap, this is war/Took a sabbatical, now battle anybody who want it."

Lyrical acrobatics come from out of nowhere around the one-minute mark, and Wale sounds comfortable even though it’s clear his knowledge of the show is pretty basic. Regardless, he’s always had a knack for pop culture lore, so well-placed nods come relatively easy for him. It was a mixtape about Seinfeld that thrust him into the spotlight nearly six years ago, after all. Download the full project for additional assorted "Khaleesi heat" here.

Listen to the track below.

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