Listen to Volume 2 of the Catch the Throne MixTape

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Talib Kweli poses with the GOT Funko dolls.

Talib Kweli poses with the GOT Funko dolls.

"I like the audacity of Game of Thrones," Talib Kweli told HBO.com in a Manhattan sound studio. The rapper had just finished recording "Lord of Light," his contribution to this year's Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Vol. 2. Piggybacking on the success of last year's tape (stream here on Soundcloud,) this new volume features a mix of R&B, electronic, Latin, heavy metal and rap, brought together by the theme of "Fire and Ice." 

"This was actually easier to write than my other work," Kweli said. "I'm a huge fan of the show. I've seen every episode a couple of times, so the content was already in my brain." What is the song about? "The spiritualties, religions and faiths and how that plays out in practical ways," Kweli explained, "particularly for the people affected by the policies of the royalty."

For his song, rapper Stalley turned to Stannis Baratheon for inspiration. "He fights tooth and nail for respect," Stalley observed. "I personally can relate to that hunger. I feel like I'm underrated, overlooked at times." And the song's tone? "Hard," the rapper said. "It's like, 'No matter what, I'm taking what's mine.'"

Also making use of that intensity are the metal bands featured on the tape. During a Twitter Q&A with fans, Anthrax's Scott Ian shared what motivated his band's addition to the MixTape, "Soror Irrumator."

Stalley poses with a Joffrey Funko doll.

Stalley poses with a Joffrey Funko doll.

Also making use of that intensity are the metal bands featured on the tape. During a Twitter Q&A with fans, Anthrax's Scott Ian shared what motivated his band's addition to the MixTape, "Soror Irrumator."

Hear all of the MixTape – from anywhere in the world  – in the Soundcloud stream below.