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

Kid Cudi "Trapped In My Mind" (2010)



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

Dot Da Genius: “I really like that record. That's one of my daughter's favorite records from that album too. And this is not even me with propaganda, like, 'Look, Daddy made this song, you gotta like it.' But the melody and the vibe of it she immediately gravitated to.

“Even my parents love it. They love all the music I do, but that was one of the specific songs that my mom—who doesn't really have a specific opinion on most music—had to hit me up, like, 'I really like this song.' So that was really gratifying.

 

Even my parents love it. They love all the music I do, but that was one of the specific songs that my mom—who doesn't really have a specific opinion on most music—had to hit me up, like, 'I really like this song.'

 

“That song started when we were in Cudi's house in New York. The album was already at the point that they were thinking about ending the album right there. We had [enough cuts that] we were just gonna pick and choose. So we ended up creating that day and the next in a two-day span we came up with 'Trapped in my Mind.'

“I remember Cudi saying, 'This is gonna be the last song on the album, it has to be,' and making the calls to make it happen. It's just one of those songs with a good vibe. It has a good vibe, it puts people in a good mood. It's just like the content that he's talking about is so relatable.

“There's plenty of people that feel like they're trapped in their mind. You can completely relate to that song. I actually have footage of it [being made] that I might be putting out soon because we're on our whole marketing shit right now [for the WZRD album]. That might be coming out soon so look out for that.”

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