Time Warner’s HBO, the premium cable channel that produces and airs “Game of Thrones,” has hired 10 hip-hop and Latin-music artists to rap about the TV series, which the network hopes will encourage more rap fans to watch the show.
Common, said that he has watched “Game of Thrones” through the middle of Season 2, and said he loves its complexity and the depth of characters such as Tyrion Lannister, a raconteur, womanizer and royal adviser played by Peter Dinklage.
He compares the mixtape to records made in the early 1990s by Staten Island hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan, which featured audio samples of dialogue from 1970s Chinese action movies and references to Shaolin Kung Fu, an obscure martial-arts method associated with a Buddhist monastery in central China that Wu-Tang Clan brought into the mainstream.
"Twenty years ago, Wu-Tang was breaking ground," Common said in an interview. "Nowadays, people are open to anything. There are no limitations in hip-hop culture."
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The 78th Precinct is at it again, this time singling out scofflaw motorists who treat bike lanes like their own personal rest areas.
Apple is known for eschewing popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
So it’s extremely interesting to see the company launch a Tumblr page this weekend…