Today, HBO announced the release date for Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. II, which hits on March 17. This news arrives with a full list of artists featured on the second installment of the Mixtape, for the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series Game of Thrones. Produced by Launch Point Records, the 15-track soundtrack features diverse artists representing Game of Thrones families, leveraging themes and highlights from Season 4. Fans can listen to the song "Lord of the Light" by Talib Kweli on Complex. The mixtape will be released in anticipation of the Season 5 debut of Game of Thrones on HBO, April 12 at 9pm.
Showcasing the importance of music in Game of Thrones, each song on the mixtape samples music from the show's Season 4 soundtrack. This year's mixtape also weaves in the overarching theme of fire and ice, providing listeners with an exciting line-up of heavy metal and hip-hop artists. Building on the success of Volume 1, with over 2.5MM streams to date, Volume 2 will feature artists from the R&B, electronic, Latin, heavy metal and rap worlds. Each artist was aligned with one of the Game of Thrones families, helping to determine the themes that are illustrated in their track. The full list of artists includes: Anthrax, Estelle, Kap G, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Melanie Fiona, Method Man, MNDR, Mushroomhead, Raquel Sofia, Snoop Dogg, Stalley, Talib Kweli, Ty Dolla $ign, and Yandel.
All artists involved in the mixtape are fans of the show and were eager to reinterpret key moments. Here's what Talib Kweli had to say about his song in a statement.
"I am a big fan of the books and the series. As an MC, I'm not adverse to the concept of battles and ability to tell compelling stories and the Game of Thrones series does just that. It is the reason I wanted to be a part of this mixtape."
Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 will be released March 17th via SoundCloud, free of charge. Catch The Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 1 is still available on Soundcloud, which you can listen to below. Listeners are encouraged to share using the hashtag #CatchTheThrone. Viewers can access previous seasons of Game of Thrones on HBO GO, HBO On Demand or by checking their local listings. For more on the series, visit: Facebook.com/GameOfThrones and Twitter.com/GameOfThrones.