Kid Cudi

Birth Name: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi

Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 30, 1984

*Mexican, African-American (father)
*African-American (mother)

Kid Cudi, also credited as Scott Mescudi, is an American rapper, musician, and actor. His father, Lindberg Styles Mescudi, had Mexican and African-American ancestry. His mother, Elsie Harriet (Banks), is African-American, originally from Tennessee. He is known for his tracks Day N Nite and Make Her Say, from his debut album, Man on the Moon: The End of Day.

Cudi has a unique style, which could be described as alternative hip-hop, with some rock influence. He is associated with artists like Kanye West and Common.

Both of Kid’s paternal grandparents were listed as being black on United States Censuses.

Kid’s paternal grandfather was Charles Manitow Mescudi. Charles was born in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico. It is likely that Charles was of mixed Mexican-African ancestry.

Kid’s paternal grandmother was Essie Viola Lawson (the daughter of Ephraim Lawson and Flora/Floretta Swaney). Essie was black, and was born in Franklin, Venango, Pennsylvania, to a Canadian-born father and a Pennsylvania-born mother.

Sources: Genealogy of Kid Cudi (focusing on his father’s side) –

Kid’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Helga Esteb /

Author: ethnic

Curious about ethnicity

57 thoughts on “Kid Cudi

  1. tell ur high school to refund ur money, mexican is not a race, in fact latino is not a race, go to Argentina or Brazil or even in Mexico u can find tons of pure black, pure white, and mixed people

      1. 1) Black Americans are mixed. Most Black Americans have white or Native American ancestry, or even both. That’s becoming more apparent now.
        2) Mexicans are mixed. I’m assuming his father is mestizo Mexican, which is White + Amerindian. Mestizos aren’t the only Mexicans out there. There are Mulatto (White + Black) Mexicans, Castiza (Mestizo + White) Mexicans, Zambo (Black + Amerindian) Mexicans, and Mexicans that are genealogically Spanish (White), African (Black), or one of the various Amerindian tribes.

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