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 /

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

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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