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

Ethnicity: African-American, small amount of Mexican

Kid Cudi, also credited as Scott Mescudi and KiD CuDi, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, 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. He is part of the hip hop duo The Scotts, with Travis Scott.

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/Ephriam Lawson and Flora/Floretta Swaney/Sweeney/Sweeny). 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

57 Responses

  1. ihatemostpeople says:

    He just looks black to me.

  2. you stupid people says:

    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

  3. Emma lee says:

    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!:)

  4. kathleen says:

    hes native also.

  5. DrizzyDrizz says:

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

    • Jarocho says:

      hes only mexican and african american

      • Sammi says:

        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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