Written by Shane Gallagher—
“Game of Thrones” is a high-powered club banger by out rapper Andre Xcellence. The track, about the games people play in their quest for love, is reminiscent of Azealia Banks’ “212,” where rap-meets-EDM in a tightly bound, lyrically clever tune that manages to name-check everyone from Hollywood from little person Peter Dinklage to musician John Mayer; even Nintendo and Pop-Tarts are mentioned. The title and its cameo-filled video pay homage to the HBO fantasy drama series and include appearances by RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Manila Luzon and Courtney Act, as well as Andrew Christian underwear models Noah Wright and Pablo Hernandez. The stars face off in a dance battle developed and created by famed Haus of GaGa choreographer Michael Silas. Of course, in the end, it’s Andre Xcellence that reigns supreme over all.
“We all want to be the king or queen in the relationship game,” explains Andre Xcellence from his home in West Hollywood. “The song is about winning the man or women of your dreams.”
His aim with “Game of Thrones” was to make a fun dance track. The sound draws inspiration from will.i.am, an artist Xcellence refers to as a musical pioneer. “Songs like ‘My Humps’ and ‘Scream and Shout’ changed the sound of music and proved that artists can’t be afraid to take chances,” he says.
Xcellence boldly breaks new ground by including something not often seen in Hip Hop music videos: drag queens.
Courtney Act and Manila Luzon are two stars from the popular Logo-TV show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. “They are amazing talents and just scratching the surface on where they’re going career wise,” says Xcellence. “I really believe they are two artists the world will be talking about a decade from now.”
Andre Xcellence introduced himself to Hip Hop last year with music that artfully blends urban beats and progressive house. “It’s a new genre and I’d like to be the leader of it,” he says.
His name, given to him by his college fraternity brothers, is a nod at his desire to strive for perfection. “I aim to be the voice of the voiceless and make great music with no politics.”
In addition to his recording work, Andre Xcellence heads the independent label, American Commission, with his executive production team, “The Prodigal.”
He lives by the motto, “You do not have to like me, but you will respect me.”
“Game of Thrones” is available on iTunes now. For more information, visit www.andreXcellence.com.