Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor.
Cudi’s first full-length project, a mixtape titled A Kid Named Cudi (2008) caught the attention of American rapper-producer Kanye West, who signed Cudi to his GOOD Music label imprint in late 2008.
- Full name: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi
- Born: 30 January 1984, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
- Profession: American rapper and singer
- Height: 1.74 m
- Movies and TV shows: How to Make It in America
- Children: Vada Wamwene Mescudi
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About Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi was born on 30 January 1984, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He grew up in Shaker Heights and Solon.
He is the youngest of four children, with two brothers, Domingo and Dean, and a sister, Maisha.
His mother, Elsie Harriet (Banks), is a middle-school choir teacher at Roxboro Middle School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
His father, Lindberg Styles Mescudi, was a house painter, substitute teacher and World War II Air Force veteran.
His father was of African-American and Mexican-American descent, while his mother is African-American.
When he was eleven years old, Cudi’s father died of cancer; his passing had a significant effect on Cudi’s personality and subsequently his music.
Cudi attended Shaker Heights High School for two years before transferring to Solon High School. He was expelled from the school for threatening to punch his principal, and would later earn his GED.
Cudi studied film at the University of Toledo, dropping out after a year. His subsequent plan to join the U.S. Navy did not pan out because of his juvenile police record.
In 2008 his debut single “Day ‘n’ Nite” reached the top five of the Billboard charts. Cudi’s debut album Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009) was later certified two-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In 2010, he released Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager, which was preceded by “Erase Me” and “Mr. Rager”.
Later that year Cudi formed a rock band, now known as WZRD, with his long-time collaborator Dot da Genius, releasing one eponymous debut album in early 2012.
The album debuted at number one on the Top Rock Albums chart. In April 2013, Cudi released Indicud, which became his highest-charting album on multiple charts.
In February 2014, Cudi unexpectedly released his fourth album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, exclusively to digital retailers with no promotion.
In 2015 Cudi released his rock album Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven to mixed reception.
In 2016 he returned to hip-hop with his sixth album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ to generally positive reviews.
Cudi later released a joint album with West under the eponymous name Kids See Ghosts. The album was met with critical acclaim.
In 2010, Cudi ventured into acting when he was cast in the HBO series How to Make It in America. Cudi has since appeared in several feature films, including Goodbye World (2013), Need for Speed (2014), and Entourage (2015).
In addition, he has made appearances on television shows such as One Tree Hill, The Cleveland Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Westworld.
In 2015, he was the bandleader on the IFC series, Comedy Bang! Bang!.
As of 2020, Cudi has released six studio albums as a solo artist and has sold a combined 16 million records and has worked with numerous prominent artists in the music industry, including Travis Scott, Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, David Guetta, MGMT, Shakira, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Michael Bolton.
After signing to GOOD Music, Cudi has since gone on to launch his own record label imprints, the now-dissolved Dream On and current independent label Wicked Awesome Records.