Born on Jan. 30, 1984 in Cleveland (his real name is Scott Mescudi), Kid Cudi began rapping at a young age. After dropping out of college, he moved to Brooklyn and soon released his mixtape, A Kid Named Cudi. The buzz continued to build as he recorded his debut album and appeared on Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak.
West produced three tracks on Man on the Moon, including the single "Make Her Say." But it was "Day 'N' Nite," with the chorus lyric, "The lonely stoner seems to free his mind at nite," that was Cudi's breakthrough. (In the video the word stoner was changed to loner.)
"I smoke weed to keep me sane," he says. "If I wasn't high 99.9% of time, then I don't know, man. It makes me just numb to all the bullshit."
On June 10, 2010, Cudi was arrested in New York and charged with criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) after a late-night altercation with his girlfriend.
Cudi's second album, Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager, featuring "Marijuana,"was released in 2010. Man on the Moon III: The Chosen came out in 2020,
He's performed at Cannabis Cups in Amsterdam and Denver.
Like so many rappers, Cudi acts too: he played weed dealer Domingo on HBO's How to Make It in America and DJ Chello in Don't Look Up.
Kid Cudi is not married but has a daughter, Vada.