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MusicStudy: Classic Ghostface Killah – “Guest House” feat. Shareefa and Fabololus


Storytelling Mastery Over Cinematic, Sample-Based Beat

By Amir Said (Sa’id)

I gotta admit that I had serious concerns about Ghostface’s upcoming album, The Wizard of Poetry, purportedly an “R&B” affair. But having heard this heatrock, I was longer worried; instead, I was actually looking forward to how the rest of the album shaped up. The beatwork for this song is monster-crazy! Props to whoever created this beat… Good work, Ghost.
(P.S., I have yet to hear the entire album.)

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Amir Said (aka Sa’id) is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BeatTips. A writer, publisher, and beatmaker/rapper from New York, Said is the author of a number of books, including ‘The BeatTips Manual,’ ‘The Art of Sampling,’ ‘Ghetto Brother,’ and ‘The Truth About New York.’ He is also a recording artist with a number of music projects, including his latest album 'The Best of Times.' Follow him on Twitter at: @amirsaid and @BeatTipsManual

  • Tiltaa

    J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
    Sounds more soulful than what they’re usually doing. Impressive i’ll agree. I loved the cinematic in the middle.

  • Sev

    yo man, I really dig your site…a scientific approach to beats vs. the same ole ” yo, I flipped it” or “I got these drums, they crazy”
    the beat which you are discussing is Justice League as stated, this is a song from Rick Ross’ DEEPER THAN RAP album. Which sonically is a superior album. However you feel about Ross’, whatever, but he is really, and I mean really good at picking beats. Similar to how Jay-Z was picking heaters of a diff kind by Vol 2.

  • Tiltaa,
    Thanks for letting me know!
    Yeah, I’m very impressed with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League for making this joint. And of course, Ghost is always on point when it comes to the vivid storytelling rhymes.

  • Sev,
    Thanks for sharing your appreciation for! I will certainly aim to continue my approach to documenting the beatmaking tradition.
    I’m with you, man, Rick Ross KNOWS how to pick dope beats, and he usually does a decent job rhyming over them as well.
    Who else right now do you think does a good job at picking beats?