Dot da Genius

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Dot da Genius
Birth name Oladipo Omishore
Born 1986 (age 27–28)
Origin Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Genres Alternative hip hop, alternative rock, electronica
Occupations Record producer, mixing engineer, DJ
Instruments Piano, drums, keyboard, sampler, drum machine
Years active 2001–present
Labels Head Banga Muzik Group
Associated acts WZRD, Kid Cudi, Fabri Fibra
Website headbangamuzik.com
Notable instruments
Korg Triton LE
Roland MV-8000
Yamaha Motif ES8
Logic Pro 8

Oladipo Omishore (born 1986), professionally known as Dot Da Genius, is an American record producer and mixing engineer from Brooklyn, New York City. He is perhaps best known for producing "Day 'n' Nite", the debut single of friend, frequent collaborator and American recording artist Kid Cudi.[1] Engaged in various music production ventures, Dot da Genius has also signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Group, employs an engineer and mix engineer (Jay Powell), has started his own Head Banga Muzik Group label, and produced some of the music for HBO's How to Make it in America. He has also collaborated with big names in the hip hop industry, such as King Chip, Kanye West and the Italian rapper Fabri Fibra.[2]

Life and career[edit]

1986–2005: Early life[edit]

Oladipo Omishore is from the Brooklyn borough of New York City. His parents always encouraged his interest in music, and at the age of seven, his father sent him to the Brooklyn Music School for piano lessons, where he studied with legendary teacher Tom Coote. Dot Da Genius preferred playing the guitar, but learning how to play the keyboard was very beneficial later in life when he started producing. He attended Polytechnic Institute of New York University in New York, where he studied electrical engineering and graduated in 2004.[2]

2006-2009: Career beginnings and producing for Kid Cudi[edit]

Omishore began his career in sound-mixing in 2003 at Polytechnic University by using Image-Line's FL Studio program. In 2004, Omishore created a studio in his basement with equipment bought by his parents and would later call it "Head Banga Muzik Studios."[3] After gaining attention for his production, he decided to change locations to the Brewery Recording Studio. In May 2009, Da Genius partnered up with Andrew Krivonos, owner of Brewery Recording Studio, and helped move the studio to North Brooklyn in a new facility.[4]

Dot Da Genius and Kid Cudi met in 2006, and they lived together for two years. Both artists found a genuine liking for one another, and chose to work with each other on several music productions. "Day N' Nite" turned out to be the biggest hit production that both of them worked on together, with Da Genius providing the beats and CuDi rapping and singing over the music. He produced the song in Head Banga Muzik Studios, and used several different methods of mixing and synthesizing the beats on this track. The song took a total of two days to complete, from the instrumental being made to the track's final arrangements. No edits were made after that two-day process ended. It was finished in 2007 and became popular two years later, in 2009.[2] "Day N' Nite" reached the top three in the United States and the United Kingdom.[2] It was released under the labels GOOD Music, Fool's Gold Records, Universal Motown Records, and Data Records. It is featured on the album Man on the Moon: The End of Day.

2010-present: WZRD[edit]

Main articles: WZRD (band) and WZRD (album)

WZRD is Dot Da Genius and Kid Cudi's collaboration pop rock band. Kid Cudi focuses on the vocals, while Da Genius is responsible for the production.[5] Together, they produced a self-made album titled WZRD. A lot of their inspiration behind the album was from their love for Nirvana, The Pixies, and Pink Floyd.[5] They recorded much of the album in either their tour bus while they were on the road, or Cudi's basement studio in Hollywood Hills.[6] This album contained absolutely no profanity, including the "n word" that many rappers loosely use.[7] The album was first released on February 28, 2012. It reportedly sold 70,499 copies in its opening week.[8] Although Cudi finds the marketing and promotion of the album weak by Universal Music Group, it landed the number three spot on the album sales chart.[9] Universal Music Group also allegedly under-shipped copies of the album.[10] While "Dose of Dopeness" was released prior to the release of WZRD, it was not featured on the album.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He has one daughter.[12] Among his favorite albums of all time are Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Outkast's ATLiens, and Coldplay's Viva la Vida.[13] His tools of choice include the Roland MV-8000, Korg Triton LE, Yamaha Motif ES8, and Logic Pro 8.[14]

Production discography[edit]

2008[edit]

Kid Cudi - A Kid Named Cudi[edit]

Leftover
  • 00. "Dat New New"

2009[edit]

Mickey Factz[edit]

  • 00. "Who's Hotter"

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day[edit]

Leftover

2010[edit]

Fabri Fibra - Controcultura[edit]

  • 10. "Insensibile" (featuring Dargen D'Amico)
  • 17. "In Alto" (featuring Simona Barbieri)

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager[edit]

2011[edit]

Various artists - Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture Fright Night[edit]

2012[edit]

Chip tha Ripper - Tell Ya Friends[edit]

Rilgood - JFK[edit]

WZRD - WZRD[edit]

  • 01. "The Arrival" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)  
  • 02. "High Off Life" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
  • 03. "The Dream Time Machine" (featuring Empire of the Sun; co-produced with Kid Cudi)
  • 04. "Love Hard" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
  • 05. "Live & Learn" (co-produced with Kid Cudi) 
  • 06. "Brake" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
  • 07. "Teleport 2 Me, Jamie" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
    • Sample Credit: Desire - "Under Your Spell"
  • 08. "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" (co-produced with Kid Cudi) 
  • 09. "Efflictim" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
  • 10. "Dr. Pill" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
  • 11. "Upper Room" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
Leftover
  • 00. "Perfect is the Word" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)
  • 00. "Rocket" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)

Micahfonecheck - August Rush[edit]

  • 04. "Broke Broke"

D-WHY - Don't Flatter Yourself[edit]

  • 15. "So Committed"

Mr. MFN eXquire - Power & Passion[edit]

  • 01. "Cari Zalioni"

2013[edit]

Fabri Fibra - Guerra e Pace[edit]

  • 09. "La Solitudine Dei Numeri Uno" (produced with Woodro Skillson)
  • 13. "Nemico Pubblico" (produced with Woodro Skillson)
  • 16. "Alta Vendita" (produced with Woodro Skillson)

Kid Cudi - Indicud[edit]

Rockie Fresh - The Birthday Tape[edit]

  • 05. "Rollin'" (featuring Gunplay)

King Chip - 44108[edit]

  • 10. "Police in the Trunk" (produced with Rami)

Mr. MFN eXquire - Kismet: Blue Edition[edit]

Rilgood - Kingdom[edit]

  • 03. "Young Kings" (produced with Woodro Skillson)

Various artists - Saint Heron[edit]

  • 11. "Drinking and Driving" (performed by Jhené Aiko)

2014[edit]

Kid Cudi - Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon[edit]

  • 06. "Too Bad I Have to Destroy You Now" (co-produced with Kid Cudi)

Upcoming[edit]

Jhené Aiko - Souled Out[edit]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

BET Hip Hop Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009[15] Day 'n' Nite BET Hip Hop Award for Track of the Year Nominated
Day 'n' Nite BET Hip Hop Award for Best Hip Hop Video Nominated

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2010[16] "Day 'n' Nite" Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
"Day 'n' Nite" Grammy Award for Best Rap Song Nominated

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009[17] "Day 'n' Nite" MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist Nominated

mtvU Woodie Awards[edit]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2009[18] "Day 'n' Nite Best Video Woodie Nominated

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