Emile Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records

Kid Cudi "Cudi Zone" (2009)

Album: Man on the Moon: The End of Day

Label: Dream On/Good Music/Universal Motown

Emile: “He had the first verse forever and me and [Plain] Pat were like, 'Cudi Zone,' what’s up with it?’ And Cudi would just blow it off. So me and Pat were just like, ‘Fuck man, this record is so dope.’ But it went on so long that I started to wonder if this monster of a record was going to be on the shelf, just like if it was ever going to get finished.

 

Cudi doesn’t force his stuff when he works. It’s either going to happen or it’s not going to happen.

 

“A long time went by and he just wasn’t going to force it. Cudi doesn’t force his stuff when he works. It’s either going to happen or it’s not going to happen. Eventually one day, it was real nonchalant, months and months after we had this record, and he was just like, ‘Oh yeah, I got the 'Cudi Zone' verse.’

“I almost didn’t believe him. I was like, ‘Word?’ Not only did he come in forever after we did the first verse, but he did the second verse and it sounded like he did it the exact same day he did the first verse. The tone was cool, everything was cool about it. It was like, ‘Ok, shit. We’re done. Sweet.’

We did ‘Cudi Zone’ and ‘Solo Dolo’ back-to-back in like two days. It had to have been six months [after he wrote the first verse of ‘Cudi Zone’].”

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