Kid Cudi

by ethnic on February 14, 2010

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 /

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abbracci May 28, 2015 at 2:31 am

He looks Mexican

M May 31, 2015 at 8:33 am

If you say so

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 6:01 pm

LOL. Am I look Japanese…

WTF November 10, 2014 at 4:59 am

He doesn’t look mixed.

ihatemostpeople March 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

He just looks black to me.

you stupid people April 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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

Emma lee July 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I don’t care who he dates. He’s going to be legendary someday. He’s making history and I love love love his music!:)

kathleen March 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

hes native also.

Jarocho November 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

hes not native, hes only mexican and african american

BRAZIL March 14, 2012 at 5:48 am


M May 31, 2015 at 8:35 am

@BRAZIL, um sorry to disappoint you but Native Mexicans don’t exist anymore. Most are Mestizos (white and Native American).

bleachsoda December 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Yes they do retard go to southern mexico you’ll find plenty of pure indigenous Mexicans

DrizzyDrizz February 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

He’s Not Just Mexican and Black He’s also Native American…

Jarocho November 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

hes only mexican and african american

Sammi March 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

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.

jesse January 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I know it sounds funny but I could see the Mexican in him.

patstar. December 3, 2010 at 10:34 am

awesome…i really like his music a lot.

Albert November 7, 2010 at 10:00 am

Mexican American!!!! We the best!

Albert November 7, 2010 at 9:58 am

Mexican invation!!!!

Anonymous October 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

thr REAL mixed iz white and black tho ;]… cudi a beast tho

yeeeacudi February 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

no hes not ? wtf..

Logan February 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

What i think Anonymous meant was mexicans for the most part aka mestizo’s which outnumber all in Mexico are the decendents of whites & natives from when spaniards colonized. the majority of mexicans have white in them the latin phenotype came from the spaniards.

jr February 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

logans an idiot yea of course theres gna be some Spaniard who wanted that mexican ass, but u cant be saying we came from other ethnicities, it sounds like your not mexican ur a proud latino, salvi, nica’s, lmao we mexican obviously a zeroo tee hating mexicans like always….defend your culture like your priest defended you

afroaristocrat June 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

He’s actually half Mexican Native aka Native American, not mestizo

Jarocho November 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

hes not half mexican native, i dont know where you got that from lol a black person with a native doesnt give you that look, it gives you a Zambo look, for example, these black mexicans are a mixture of native and black, look how the two girls look×450.jpg

Nando August 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm

he is half mexicano…? thats whatsup!~ lol

Meeeee August 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm

what the….his Half mexican? lol thats whatsup.

yeeeacudi February 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

haha no one knew that and hes half native.

Wow. August 15, 2010 at 1:00 pm

He is so hot.

zuzanna August 16, 2010 at 2:13 am

i agree xd

ethnic August 3, 2010 at 7:25 pm

What kinds of comments did she make? can you give some quotes?

myspace celebrity August 4, 2010 at 7:08 am
ethnic August 4, 2010 at 7:40 am

I really dont think its necessary for celebs or anyone for that matter to tell everyone that they love only one particular race when choosing a partner. It just makes them look shallow and ignorant.

Ive met a lot of Caucasian guys say they only like Asian women or Asian women who proudly say they only like non Asian races. It seems that these people have some inferiority issues they need to deal with.

myspace celebrity August 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

I used to think he was gorgeous until I heard about the insane Twitter comments from Amanda Bynes. I don’t know why, but I lost some respect for him when he dated her and let her post those things about him/her love for “chocolate” over Twitter…not that there’s anything wrong with her self-proclaimed love for black guys.

izzy July 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm

he does not look mexican but his name sounds like it

Duhs.. It's Nai July 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

he looks soooo mexican now that i look at him XD

ethnic July 17, 2010 at 7:46 am

NBA player Al horford who is half Spanish and Afro-Dominican looks more Black than Spanish.

BRAZIL March 14, 2012 at 5:50 am






nelly June 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

He can be half mexican if ryan giggs (footballer for manchester united) has a blk african father but came out white without afro hair anything is possible

Tiff May 29, 2010 at 4:29 am

Mexicans are pretty dark and a very popular race so there shouldn’t be anything to fuss about. Kid Cudi probably just has his mother’s melanin because compared to most African Americans, He does have Hispanic features in him.

It's not that shocking May 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm

his whole name sounds mexican and no his father was full mexican, why everytime someone see a black person who is mixed they want to assume they are lying?? i live in garfield heights which is near shaker heights, where he used to live, i know many people who knew him, trust me HE’S MIXED. half black, half mexican…and he clearly looks it if you ask me…you should see younger pictures of him

Safiya May 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Don’t be retarded…people come in all shades. I’m sure all seen a half white/half black person that looks mostly white or mostly black to where u can’t even tell if they’re of mixed race of all…it’s 2010 smarten up…and kid cudi is gorgeous!!

Anonymous March 14, 2010 at 11:28 am

why would he lie about hezz rac3

*** March 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

to the above coment ..MEXICAN IS A RACE ITS AN ETHNIITY ! if theres a white mexican then that probably means there nationality is mexican and their ethnicity is different !

b March 3, 2010 at 10:01 am

he’s mixed his dad is mexican and his mom is black. And Mexican is not a race its a nationality. Theres black,brown,white Mexicans all shades and sizes. So get over it.

jenell9 February 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Look at his whole name. Just because he doesn’t look like your typical half mexican/black does not mean he is not just that. People come on now its 2010 genetics have their own routes.

Lauren February 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Nobody said he couldn’t be mixed, learn how to write and spell jerk!

Anonymous February 17, 2010 at 4:45 am

Kid Cudi is ugly!! He only dates white women I have no respect for this ugly thing!!

msladii February 16, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Y kant he be mixed? Kuz he dark? Mixed ppl kan come in all colors u jerks

Lauren February 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

That sounds about right to. His hair does have a mixed texture.

Fuzzybear February 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

To Ethnic and Lauren,

You guys are kinda basing it on the Mexicans we see up here,and the whiter ones in the upper part of Mexico.The ones down in places like Veracruz and Yanga are black;so it’s very easy for him to be that:

Lauren February 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

He might be one fourth Mexican or his mexican parent must be mixed with black. Or he is just lying…that what I think.

ethnic February 15, 2010 at 8:01 am

Yeh I thought he didnt look half Mexican at all when I first saw him.

DatMatt July 17, 2010 at 2:51 am

Yeah sometimes when it’s a mix of half Mexican(and I say Mexican because that’s the only Latin nationality I’ve seen mix with black among my friends) and half African-American, the looks tend to favor black. My friend Adrian is half Mexican, and he only looks Mexican through his lighter skin. My friend Johanna is also half black, half Mexican, and she shows no heritage at all other than African.

he really do February 15, 2010 at 5:34 am
he really do February 15, 2010 at 5:33 am

bet February 15, 2010 at 2:45 am

he looks totally full black to me

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