The score can be heard from when Scar calls to Sarabi from atop Pride Rock to just after Scar pretends to submit to Simba and tries to slink away. The score continues in an intenser verse where Simba forces Scar to tell the truth that he killed Mufasa, causing the Pridelanders to turn against him just as the hyenas start attacking Simba while Timon, Pumbaa, and Rafiki join the final battle against Scar with Pride Rock in a massive fire. Just as the Pridelanders fight against the hyenas, Simba then chases Scar where the score briefly stops. After a brief quiet section where Scar betrays the hyenas and Scar slates some embers on Simba's face, the score picks up at the start of the fight between Scar and Simba as the score stops where Simba throws Scar off a cliff as a massive fire rages across Pride Rock and where the hyenas recognize Scar who betrayed the hyenas for blaming them for being the enemy. The score then ends when Scar ends up getting eaten by the hyenas as a massive fire engulfs him while the remaining hyenas leave the Pride Lands. The score then loops into "King of Pride Rock", concludes with the reprise of "Circle of Life".
The score is heard towards the climax of the musical where Scar accuses Simba for killing Mufasa. However, Simba realizes that Scar really did kill Mufasa much to his betrayal to his own brother. When Simba forces Scar to tell the truth that he really did kill Mufasa, the score then begins with "Simba Confronts Scar" where the Pridelanders fight against the hyenas when they hear Scar revealing his true nature, which is later concluded when Scar ends up getting eaten alive by the hyenas which then loops into "King of Pride Rock". The full score, however, is not included on the Original Cast Recording.
A reimagined version of "The Rightful King" appears during the final battle against Scar, where it is titled "Battle for Pride Rock".
- Parts of this score can be heard in the official soundtrack on the track "King of Pride Rock".
- A part of this score can be heard in The Lion King 1½ after Simba defeats Scar.
- The music that scores Simba's rise to Pride Rock is accompanied by a chorus singing in Zulu. This chorus sings the same lyrics as that featured at the end of the musical version. Why this was cut from the original film is unknown.
- The Legacy Collection set includes both the final cue and a demo version of the cue.