Hear Pusha T rap over the theme song of HBO’s ‘Succession’

    You don’t need to watch the show to enjoy “Puppets.”

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    HBO fans, pay attention: Pusha T has jumped on a remix of the title theme to the network’s acclaimed show Succession. His rap rework, titled “Puppets,” arrived Friday ahead of the series’ second season finale tomorrow.

    The theme was composed by Nicholas Britell, whose scores for Barry Jenkins’ films Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk have both been nominated for Oscars. King Push was his first—and only—choice to do the remix, the composer told Vulture: “There was only one person on the list of people to reach out to. Of course it had to be Pusha. There was no backup, there was no plan B.”

    You don’t have to be a Succession viewer to enjoy Pusha’s razor-sharp bars, though his lyrics will certainly hit harder if you are: The rapper himself is a fan of the show and drew great inspiration from the series and its themes for the menacing remix.

    “The greed, the resentment, the idea anybody is basically disposable—that’s a gangsta movie type of quality. On Succession, it’s involving family, it’s like, Whoa! It’s a bit more shocking,” the rapper told Vulture. “And so that’s what made the writing process fun, because I could use all of the street, gangster rap nuances and qualities and energy and incorporate it into the theme of the music. It was really just a dope exercise, honestly.”

    Listen to “Puppets” below: