Dot Da Genius Tells All: The Stories Behind his Classic Records

Kid Cudi "Cleveland Is The Reason" (2008)



Producer: Dot da Genius
Album: A Kid Named Cudi
Label: N/A

Dot Da Genius: “That was in my crib studio again. I had just gotten this synth and this keyboard. It's called the X-Station. I found the main synth that you hear on 'Cleveland is the Reason' and I was coming up with the melody.

“I remember specifically I had the melody and I just kept playing it over and over on the keyboard. Cudiwas walking through the house on his cell phone. He was about to go out and smoke a cigarette and then he poked his head in and was like, 'Yo Dot, that shit is dope! Lay that down immediately.'

 

Cudi said, 'They say I'm Complex like the magazine/I want my closet Complex like the magazine.” No ties to Complex, but it was a magazine he really liked back then and it turned into a relationship with the magazine. A lot of things he said and he rapped about, they came true.

 

“So I laid it down and then built around it. He put the icing on the cake with those cool-ass vocals. You know, he really brought his Cleveland swag. Back then, he was fresh from Cleveland. His Cleveland twang was very—it's still there—but it was still thick. He still had his straight from Cleveland swag you know. That was one of my personal favorite records that we've done.

“There's a viral video of a baby going crazy to that song, which personally is super fulfilling to me because ultimately that's why I create music. To evoke emotion from a baby that's two or three years old is just like… it means something. It means there's something about the music that's easy to grasp and get.

“A crazy thing about a lot of our earlier stuff was that if you listen to it today you'll see that a lot of his raps were prophetic. He rapped about what it was gonna be like and it became like that. He mentioned a lot of things in his raps.

“He said, 'They say I'm Complex like the magazine/I want my closet Complex like the magazine.” No ties to Complex, but it was a magazine he really liked back then and it turned into a relationship with the magazine. A lot of things he said and he rapped about, they came true. We look back on it sometimes and we're just like, 'That's crazy bro, you really rapped it into existence.'”

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