Everyone in Ghana went gaga after news broke that a number of Ghanaians were involved in Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album.
Much noise was not made about GuiltyBeatz, who produced three songs on the album. All everyone was talking about was Beyoncé’s feature with Shatta Wale on the song Already. However, GuiltyBeatz needs to be celebrated for the job he did on the album.
GuiltyBeatz was interviewed by American Magazine, Rolling Stone.
In the interview, he talked about the importance of Beyoncé’s album to Africa. According to him, the album will give songs from Africa a major international boost. “But it’s just been little things. Now that Beyoncé released a whole album, this will open the gateway,” he said.
Majority of the musicians that were featured on the album are from Africa, majority of which are Nigerians. Yemi Alade, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Mr Eazi, Wizkid, Shatta Wale, Salatiel, Moonchild Sanelly, and Busiswa are the Africans that were featured on the album.
With regards to the experience he had when working on the album, GuiltyBeatz had to fly from London to the U.S for five days, working on instrumentals.
The producer added that he didn’t know who would be singing on the instrumentals he was making. “I didn’t know who would end up on which song,” he says. However, he knew what he wanted his beats to sound like: “I’m Ghanaian, so I wanted to bring that cultural sound of highlife.”
According to GuiltyBeatz, highlife is more guitar-based, slower, with shakers and more percussion elements like congas and bongos. This influence creeps into two of the most effective beats on The Gift: Find Your Way Back, with its featherweight guitar riffs, co-produced by Bubele Boii and Magwenzi, and most of all in Keys to the Kingdom, where languid verses give way to an insistent, jabbing hook.
Good job, GuiltyBeatz… you did well on that album.