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Listen: Kid Cudi – “Dose of Dopeness (Prod. by Dot Da Genius)”

Any longtime Kid Cudi fan is familiar with the story of the long-lost “Dose of Dopeness” track produced by Dot Da Genius, who produced Cudi’s entire new rock album WZRD. Recorded all the way back in 2008, “Dose of Dopeness” was a live favorite but was never fully finished and released. After countless delays and pushbacks, Dot Da Genius finally liberated the track via Twitter. It’s clearly classic Cudder with his old melodic, sing-songy flow and even features him rapping about how underground his music is.

WZRD will be out February 28th.

MP3: Kid Cudi – “Dose of Dopeness (Prod. by Dot Da Genius)”

Listen: WZRD – “Brake”

By way of Twitter, Kid Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius, known together as the newly-dubbed WZRD, revealed the very first single from the yet-to-be-named rock album. Set for a January 30 release date (Cudder’s 28th birthday), the upcoming album will have no profanity and will have a very uplifting sound. Today’s preview, titled “Brake”, has a completely different vibe from the previously leaked, woozy-sounding “Perfect Is The Word” (listen here). Heavily driven by hazy guitars, booming drums, and Cudi’s distinctive voice, “Brake” actually sounds pretty dark and brooding, perhaps even psychedelic at times.

MP3: WZRD – “Brake”


New: Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius – “Perfect Is The Word”

Rapper-turned-rocker Kid Cudi and his long-time friend and go-to producer Dot Da Genius (who are collaborating under the moniker 2 Be Continuum) have released the first song from their forthcoming rock album Wizard. Like Cudi said previously, the rock album will give him a chance to experiment with his desire to produce songs with rock-inspired roots. “Perfect Is The Word” clearly demonstrates a new change in style and sound with an ominous guitar riff in the background and no rapped vocals from the Cleveland rapper.

Fans of Cudi’s traditional rapping need not worry, however. Back in January, he announced to fans via Twitter that a new rap mixtape A Man Named Scott will be released sometime this summer, as soon as he is “all rocked out” with Wizard.

Listen or download the track below.

Kid Cudi Announces Rock Album, New Mixtape ‘A Man Named Scott’

Kid Cudi has announced via Twitter that he will be releasing his rock album (under the name Wizard with Dot Da Genius) this year. He also announced the release of a new mixtape this summer, titled A Man Named Scott, a twist on his first mixtape A Kid Named Cudi.

Read more to see Cudder’s tweets.

“pushing for a summer release of the wizard album. i produce and play guitar on everything with my main man @dotdagenius. he’s learnin bass. the maniac film will b released later this year. cage, shia and i really want everything just right, and i need the proper time for scoring. the edit must be epic.

wizard is a rock album, no raps, just singing. brand new thing. flavor. dose of dopeness however will be on the wizard album as a bonus jam. bout fuckin time aye. ive been wearin the same jeans for months, and i feel good about that dedication. workin on some jay and ye shit. ima finish up some thangs and then ima chop it up with yall. word : ). annnnd officially going ham.

oh i forgot the best news ever….new mixtape “a man named scott”. thats this summah. for all those who fucks with my raps, this is for u since ima be all rocked out with the wizard shit. also its free! yes! man im really happy to FINALLY get all that good news out there. more to come, not even close. oh and new york catch me if u can, i start filmin “how to make it” in march. domingo dean shittttttt. legiTay”

Kid Cudi Over Rapping, Forms Rock Band

At the preview for his new album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager in New York City, Kid Cudi revealed that he will be slowing down on hip hop to focus on his newly-created rock band. Cudi and producer Dot Da Genius have formed Wizard, which will allow Cudi to focus more on his guitar-playing and singing (in the vein of new single “Erase Me”).

“I’m just over rapping. I don’t get any fulfillment out of it anymore. I don’t get fulfillment out of writing a 16. That’s why you don’t ever hear me on Kanye joints like that,” Cudi explained to MTV. “I’m more passionate when he’s like, ‘yo Cudi, come up with a hook.’ Cause he asks me to put verses down but I’ll try to procrastinate or disappear or something. I just really get more fulfillment out of singing now. I’m teaching myself the guitar, that’s my new found love. I never thought that I could play an instrument. Picked it up, surprised myself. It’s been two and a half months I’ve been playing, I’m already starting my next project. It’s a rock album, I’m doing a band with Dot [da Genius] called Wizard.”

Kid Cudi’s sophomore album Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager is set to be released on November 9, 2010 via G.O.O.D Music.