The Dallas-based producer S1, (also known as Symbolyc One), supplied the beat. He previously worked with West on his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
." Speaking with Hip Hop Magazine
, S1 recalled his contribution: "Before Kanye started this album he had like 20 beats from me on hold, but what's crazy is none of those 20 joints made the album," he said. "'Guilt Trip' was actually a joint I did in London for Watch the Throne
. In fact, Kanye and Jay were in the room with me when I did it. I did it on the spot and they loved it – Kanye laid a verse immediately on it, and he ended up using it for this particular project. I make music to the best of my ability and move on, 'Guilt Trip' is an example of that — a seed I planted a while back that was used later on."