Dot da Genius

Oladipo Omishore, known professionally as Dot da Genius is an American record producer and audio engineer from Brooklyn, New York City. He first gained recognition in 2008 for producing "Day 'n' Nite" by American musician Kid Cudi, with whom he is a longtime friend and frequent collaborator; the two would later form a rock band in 2010, known as WZRD.[1]

Dot da Genius
Birth nameOladipo Omishore
BornJuly 17
OriginBrooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Years active2001–present
LabelsHeadBanga Muzik Group
Member of
Alma materNew York University

Engaged in various entrepreneurial pursuits, Omishore launched his own trans-media company HeadBanga Muzik Group which has collaborated with numerous brands and labels, such as: Universal Music Group, BMG, Nike, and Splice. His production has been featured on albums by several prominent artists in the music industry, including Nas, Kanye West, Eminem, Denzel Curry, Lil Nas X, JID, 6LACK, and Jhené Aiko, among others.[2]

Life and careerEdit

1986–2005: Early lifeEdit

Oladipo Omishore is from the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He is of Yoruba (Nigerian) heritage.[3][4] 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 Tom Coote. Omishore preferred playing the guitar, but learning how to play a keyboard instrument 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 2009.[2]

2006–2009: Career beginnings and producing for Kid CudiEdit

Omishore began his career in sound-mixing in 2003 at New York 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."[5] 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.[6]

Omishore 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 Omishore 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.

2010–2018: WZRDEdit

WZRD is Omishore and Kid Cudi's collaboration alternative rock band. Kid Cudi focuses on the vocals, while Omishore is responsible for the production.[7] Together, they produced a self-made album titled WZRD. Much of their inspiration behind the album came from their love for Nirvana, The Pixies, and Pink Floyd.[7] 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.[8] This album contained absolutely no profanity, including the "n word" that many rappers loosely use.[9] The album was first released on February 28, 2012. It reportedly sold 70,499 copies in its opening week.[10] 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.[11] Universal Music Group also allegedly under-shipped copies of the album.[12] While "Dose of Dopeness" was released prior to the release of WZRD, it was not featured on the album.[13]

2018–present: Solo debut albumEdit

In 2018, Omishore and Woodro Skillson announced the signing of James Japan to their label, HeadBanga Muzik Group.[14]

In 2020, Omishore scored his first number-one hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, when "The Scotts," a collaborative effort between Cudi and his protege Travis Scott, debuted at the top spot in the US chart.

On June 24, 2022, Omishore released "Talk About Me", the lead single from his upcoming solo debut album. The song features vocals from American rappers Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry, and JID. In July 2022, Complex interviewed Omishore on his upcoming debut album.[15]


Musical styleEdit

Omishore is a self-taught music producer and engineer.[2]


Among Omishore’s 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 or Death and All His Friends.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Omishore has one daughter, from a previous relationship.[17] In September 2014, American singer-songwriter Jhené Aiko, revealed she and Omishore were in a relationship. The two revealed their marriage in March 2016.[3][4][18][19] On August 9, 2016, Jhené Aiko filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.[20] The divorce was finalized in October 2017.[21][22]


Soundtrack albumsEdit

List of soundtracks, with selected information
Title Album details
Entergalactic (Original Score)
(with Plain Pat)


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
(featuring Tunji Ige, Fat Tony and Price)
2018 non-album single
"Talk About Me"[25]
(with Kid Cudi, Denzel Curry and JID)
2022 TBA

Production discographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

BET Hip Hop AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009[26] 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 AwardsEdit

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2010[27] "Day 'n' Nite" Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated
"Day 'n' Nite" Grammy Award for Best Rap Song Nominated
2019 “Panini” Best Rap/Sung Performance Nominated

MTV Video Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009[28] "Day 'n' Nite" MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist Nominated

mtvU Woodie AwardsEdit

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2009[29] "Day 'n' Nite Best Video Woodie Nominated



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  2. ^ a b c d e Paul Tingen, "Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Dot Da Genius". SOS.
  3. ^ a b Sola Abodunrin (March 17, 2016). "American singer Jhene Aiko is married to Yoruba man". Naij. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Kenneth Atisele (March 17, 2016). "While we weren't looking, Jhene Aiko got married to a Yoruba American producer". Nigerian entertainment Today. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  5. ^ "About | Head Banga Muzik". Archived from the original on 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2012-09-07.
  6. ^ "Brewery Recording Studio". Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  7. ^ a b Jesse Fairfax, "WZRD (Kid Cudi x Dot Da Genius)" Archived 2012-09-02 at the Wayback Machine, HiphopDX, February 28, 2012.
  8. ^ Joe La Puma, "WZRD: Band Of Brothers (2012 Online Cover Story)", ComplexMusic, February 27, 2012.
  9. ^ Jason Weintraub, "Kid Cudi's New Album Will Contain No Curse Words, No N-Words", Hiphopwired, November 20, 2011
  10. ^ Jacob Moore, "Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius' "WZRD" Sells Over 70K In Week One", ComplexMusic, March 6, 2012.
  11. ^ Leigh Beadon, "KiD CuDi's WZRD Debuts At No. 3 Despite Being Swept Under The Rug By Universal", Techdirt, March 8, 2012.
  12. ^ Allen Jacobs, "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 3/4/2012" Archived 2012-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, HiphopDX, March 7, 2012.
  13. ^ " Dot Da Genius Interview Part 1". Retrieved 22 December 2021 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "HeadBanga Muzik Signee James Japan Shares "Real"". Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  15. ^ "Dot da Genius is Stepping into the Spotlight". Complex Networks.
  16. ^ Insanul Ahmed, "Dusty Grooves: Dot Da Genius' 25 Favorite Albums", ComplexMusic, March 4, 2012.
  17. ^ Insanul Ahmed, "Dot da Genius Tells All: The Stories Behind his Classic Records", ComplexMusic, February 20, 2012.
  18. ^ "Rumor Control: Jhene Aiko Reveals Her Real Rapper-Boo and It's NOT Drizzy Drake or Donald Glover!". Bossip. 5 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Jhene Aiko Reveals Her Boyfriend is Producer Dot Da Genius". Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  20. ^ "Jhene Aiko Files for Divorce from Dot da Genius". 11 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Jhene Aiko's Divorce With Dot Da Genius Finalized". 3 October 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  22. ^ "Jhene Aiko, Big Sean's Girlfriend, Divorce Final". Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  23. ^ "Dot Da Genius Shares Soundtrack From Kid Cudi's Netflix Special 'Entergalactic'". Complex Media. 17 October 2022.
  24. ^ "Dot da Genius Whips up Some "Fettuccine" on Debut Single as Solo Artist". Complex Networks.
  25. ^ "Kid Cudi Announces Denzel Curry, JID Collaboration, "Talk About Me"". HNHH.
  26. ^ Leah Greenblatt, "BET Hip Hop Award nominations announced; will top nominee Kanye show?" MusicMix.
  27. ^ "Awards Nominations & Winners". 30 April 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  28. ^ "2009 Video Music Awards". Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  29. ^ "2009 Woodie Awards". Retrieved 22 December 2021.

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