Dot Da Genius Talks Kid Cudi & Wizard


Since producing Kid Cudi’s 2008 hit “Day ‘n’ Night”, Dot Da Genius has been Cud’s go-to-guy behind the boards. After lacing the Cleveland MC’s first two albums (2009’s Man on the Moon: The End of the Day and 2010’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager) with a couple standout tracks, he and Cudi are teaming up to form the rock duo Wizard, with plans to release an album later this year. We got up with Dot to learn more about the band, he and Cudi’s decision to leave Plain Pat and Emile, and whether the lonely stoner is really giving up smoking and rhyming for good. — Calvin Stovall

XXL: Is the creative process for the band any different from when you were working together on Cudi’s solo projects?

Dot Da Genius: We’re still kind of trying to find it. I have a very particular kind of voice. To fit it in rock, we’re still trying to figure that out. But as far as creating, we only know one way to create. Whether we’re working on some rap shit, or we’re working on our rock project, we just get in the studio and we just play whatever feels good at the time. And if it takes us somewhere, we go with it.

XXL: Do you guys have traditional roles in the band? Like Cudi on vocals, you on the drums, etc…

DDG: It’s traditional in that sense. But we’re gonna be moving between instruments. Like Cudi just picked up the guitar. He’s gonna be playing that primarily. And he’s vocals, obviously. And I’ll be playing bass, I’ll be on the drum machine, on the keys. Pretty much we’re like a two-man band in the sense that we create our music; it’s just me and him. Like we play all the instruments and we’re actually creating the songs, but when we hit the road we’ll probably add like another guitarist or somethin’, a drummer.

XXL: No one knows what to expect from the Wizard sound. Is it different sonically from Cudi’s previous stuff?

DDG: It’s not too far off. It’s more rock driven. Like, we really just digested music and just really use the guitar— like every record pretty much started with a guitar, some type of guitar riff. [We] just really centered the music around the guitar and we just built around it. The actual tone, like with Cudi he shows little shades of it in his [previous] music, but he’s just doin’ it full on, on this album. Like he’s really taking it there. No raps. It’s just gonna be straight music.

  • Phil

    Man, I like smoking too much. That and masturbating…or if you combine the two. Good time right there.

  • jimmy

    pRAISE ALLAH FOR KEEPIN ME AWAY MAYNE
    WE ALL ARE WIZARDS GO HEAD CUDI

  • Tagan

    Keep putting it down Cudi I know for a fact this next album is gonna be a revolution or a bond between two genres and he will kill it.

    • 3000

      its not a mix of 2 genres. its just rock. i mean it’ll be better than wayne’s rebirth rock album…. but i’m seriously doubting it. if he wants to really redeem “man on the mooon ii”, then he needs a good rap album. but whatever. cud is still cud. allejulah.

      • Lydric

        Man! i seriously can’t wait for his new mixtape!

      • b-train17

        mannnnn what you talkin about redeeming motm II????? are you outta your mind its a masterpiece sure its different from motm I but this one’s deep and lets you into his mind even more it’s just dark

        • http://xxl anT

          yo wuteva cudi do his shit gunna pop.i respect the decision he quit smokn ya kno good for him no reason to hate, change is always an option its wut you choose not demandable.were all seein a new side of cudi even off his music capcom,waiting for some new leakage cuddi gooo!

    • http://www.yahoo.com/ Dernell

      Why does this have to be the ONLY rleablie source? Oh well, gj!

  • jay

    WATCH OUT FOR BARAK AKA @ITSMEBARAK HE IS IT REMEMBER THE NAME…KEEP DOING YOUR THING…BUT STAY TUNE FOR THIS KID BARAK

    • volcom

      nah its alright, I’ll avoid that guy

    • Gary

      What a dangerous fella; will hopefully see him in the press.

  • CUDDIER

    yes iknew cudder wouldnt let his fans down well atleast hes off weed even tho its good but he seems to be more happier then he is hes in his fkin zone :)

  • bay area

    glad to see cudis growth.
    used the tree for its purpose, and grown off of it.
    EVOLVE

  • solo dolo

    Glad to hear he been spittin and got some hot bars commin…imo what made motm1 classic was that classic hip hop feel with dat new new alternative type feel all in the same cd. motm2 was dope yes…but i couldnt help wanting a lil more rappin afterall it was a part2…word