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

Kid Cudi "Maybe" (2010)



Producer: Dot da Genius
Album: Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
Label: Dream On, G.O.O.D. Music, Universal Motown

Dot Da Genius: “That record was during the early Man on the Moon II stages. I remember my homie Rami Beatz came to the studio and he just had all these VST's [Ed. note—VST stands for Virtual Studio Technology]. I had never seen at the time. He just blessed me with those VST's and literally that was like the second beat I made after he gave me those.

“I remember thinking this sounds like some shit Cudi would mess with. I had a New York studio session with Cudi and he was like, 'Yo play me some beats.' I put it on and he immediately started humming and a minute later he had the hook. He had the whole style of how he wanted to approach the record.

 

Cudi is not really rapping on that record, if you wanna get technical. People are talking about the WZRD album and him not rapping. He's not rapping on that and he's not rapping on 'Pursuit of Happiness.' On 'Day 'N' Nite,' he's rapping but not really. That's his style. All his lyrics come with some type of melody.

 

“He's not really rapping on that record, if you wanna get technical. People are talking about the WZRD album and him not rapping. He's not rapping on that and he's not rapping on 'Pursuit of Happiness.' On 'Day 'N' Nite,' he's rapping but not really. That's his style. All his lyrics come with some type of melody.

“That record almost didn't make the album. They were trying to look for things to make people more pumped about the album so they were like, 'Let's give them a bonus track.' Then that song popped up. I actually took it back to my crib, finished it up, and had Rami come through and put some accoutrement on it.

“I've seen people bring it up and hit me up and talk about it. People who are discovering Cudi now, it might take them a while to find that song. I'm sure it's on YouTube but to discover it—because it was a bonus jam—it's gonna be a little more work.

“It's was one of those things that people can't go on iTunes and buy it now, but the fans that pre-ordered the album are gonna keep that song going. People are gonna keep discovering it. It flows with the album too. If you listen to the album all the way through and you go to 'Maybe,' it feels like the continuation of the story.”

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