Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi in 2010, Helga Esteb /

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 singer, rapper, record producer, and actor. 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.

His father, Lindberg Styles Mescudi, had Mexican and African-American ancestry. His mother, Elsie Harriet (Banks), is African-American, originally from Tennessee.
Both of Kid’s paternal grandparents were listed as being black on United States Censuses.

Kid has a daughter.

Kid’s paternal grandfather was Charles Manitow Mescudi (the son of Joseph Mescudi and of Vaira Escudara/Escudero). 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/Epriam/Ephream Lawson and Flora/Floretta Swaney/Sweeney). Essie was black, and was born in Franklin, Venango, Pennsylvania, to a Canadian-born father and a Pennsylvania-born mother.


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

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


Curious about ethnicity

58 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    I can make out Joseph Mescudi and that his wife’s last name is Escudero.

  2. abbracci says:

    He looks Mexican

  3. WTF says:

    He doesn’t look mixed.

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