Astro (rapper)

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Birth nameBrian Vaughn Bradley, Jr.[1]
Also known asThe Astronomical Kid, C.K.O, Coolest Kid Out, Astro, Stro, Stro The MC
Born (1996-09-27) September 27, 1996 (age 22)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, Record producer, songwriter, actor
Years active2006–present
LabelsGrade A Tribe Records, Mass Appeal Records
Associated actsL.A. Reid, Roham, Boi-1da Cher Lloyd, Bishop Nehru, Statik Selektah, CJ Fly

Brian Vaughn Bradley, Jr. (born September 27, 1996), better known by his stage name Astro, Stro or The Astronomical Kid, is an American rapper, producer and actor. He is known for being a contestant on the first season of The X Factor USA in 2011. Astro took the judges with his original song shot at Simon, for looking at his mom. His mentor was L.A. Reid, the mentor for the boys. Astro was seventh place in the competition. After his appearance on The X Factor, he starred in an episode of Person of Interest. In 2014, he co-starred in the major films Earth to Echo and A Walk Among the Tombstones, and the Fox series Red Band Society.

Early life[edit]

Astro was born Brian Vaughn Bradley, Jr. on September 27, 1996 in Brooklyn, New York. There, he lived in a single parent household with his Jamaican mother, and younger sister.[2] He began rapping professionally at the age of ten when his mother promised him studio time if he began to do better in school. He soon released his first single, "Stop Looking at My Moms" and created his first mixtape "B.O.A. (Birth of Astro)." He later started composing instrumentals of his own that pertained to the hip hop music genre.[3]

Some of his musical influences include Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Biggie Smalls, Boyz II Men, Mary J. Blige, Fu-Schnickens, Tupac Shakur, Nas, and other artists from the 80s and 90's time period. His music is also inspired by the notable film director and fellow Brooklynite Spike Lee.[4]

Music career[edit]

2011-2012: The X Factor USA and Post-X Factor[edit]

At the age of 14, Astro went to audition for the X-Factor. For his audition, he performed "Stop Looking At My Mom" and stole America's attention by becoming one of the few rappers to perform on such a show. He gained four yeses and proceeded on to the live shows. In the fourth week, he faced Stacey Francis in the sing-off but survived. However, Francis received more votes than Astro meaning if the result went to deadlock, Astro would’ve been eliminated. He got into the top seven before getting eliminated.

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

Astro performed the following songs on The X Factor:

Show Theme Song Original artist Order Result
Audition Free Choice "Stop Looking at My Mom" Self-written N/A Through to bootcamp
Bootcamp 1 Group performance 1 Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Group performance 2 "Wishing On a Star" (with Tinuke Oyefule, Jennifay Nichols, Lauren Ashley and Tatiana "Reina" Williams) Jay-Z Advanced
Bootcamp 3 Solo performance Not aired N/A Through to judges' houses
Judges' houses Free choice Advanced
Live show 1 Free choice "Jump" Kris Kross 1 Safe
Live show 2 Free choice "Hip Hop Hooray", "Get Ur Freak On" Naughty by Nature/Missy Elliott 8 Safe
Live show 3 Songs from Movies "Lose Yourself" Eminem 6 Safe
Live show 4 Rock "I'll Be Missing You" Puff Daddy feat. Faith Evans and 112 7 Saved by Simon Cowell
Live show 5 Giving Thanks "Show Me What You Got" Jay-Z 7 Safe
Live show 6 Songs by Michael Jackson "Black or White" Michael Jackson 2 Eliminated

After leaving The X Factor, Astro released his fourth mixtape entitled Loser. It was based around his experiences on the show. He also put out two beat tapes called "Masterminds" and "New World Art" under the alias of Basquiat. The tapes included productions from both him and his friend Laron (a.k.a. ThatLoserLaron) who went under the name of Keith for the tapes.

He was then nominated for a BET Award in the Young Stars category, asked to present an award at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Award Show with Keke Palmer, and featured in an episode of Person of Interest.

He put out many singles. One of them was "Stop Looking at my Moms", released under the name The Astronomical Kid. The music video was released on YouTube.[5]

2013-present: Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics and Starvin' Like Marvin[edit]

For most of 2012, Astro went on a hiatus for a while. When in an interview with Sway, he mentioned that he used this time to find himself, musically.[6] He returned releasing a song called Deadbeat and another called Methods, then releasing a visual to his song He Fell Off. Those songs were all included on his mixtape Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics. He made sure to state that the tape would be nothing like what he has done before with a "gritty hip-hop sound that oozed Brooklyn."[7]

Acting career[edit]

Stro made his acting debut with his role as Darren McGrady in Person of Interest. He then played Tucker "Tuck" Simms in the sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo, which was released on July 2, 2014, and TJ in A Walk Among the Tombstones, a film with Liam Neeson, released on September 19, 2014. He was Dash Hosney in a FOX series called Red Band Society which premiered on September 17, 2014.[8]



  • Grade A Frequencies (2017)


  • The Astronomical Kid - EP (2009)
  • Computer Era (2014)
  • Nice 2 Meet You, Again (2018)


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Stop Looking at My Moms" The Astronomical Kid EP
2014 "Champion" Computer Era
2015 "Mighty Healthy '16" Mighty Healthy '16
2017 "Cut That Sh*t Off" Cut That Sh*t Off
2017 "Apollonia" Apollonia
2017 "From Me" Grade A Frequencies
2017 "Aura" Grade A Frequencies


Year Title Artist Peak chart positions
2009 "Hang On" Sha Stimuli
2012 "Want U Back (UK Version)" Cher Lloyd 12 11
2012 "Ghostin'" Torion
2013 "Workaholics" Curtiss King
2013 "Who's Next?" Shadow The Great
2014 "Out Here Gettin' Money" Termanology
2014 "Around the World" Ransom
2016 "Every Damn Dolla" Ill Neil
2016 "3 Man Weave" Logan Cage
2016 "New York Nights" Taylor Bennet
2018 "Flights" LNDN DRGS, Jay Worthy



Year Name Role Notes
2014 Earth to Echo Tucker "Tuck" Simms
A Walk Among the Tombstones TJ
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Lodis
2019 Luce DeShaun Meeks
See You Yesterday[9] Calvin Walker Post-production


Year Name Role Notes
2011 The X Factor Himself Contestant, seventh place
2012 Person of Interest Darren McGrady 1 episode, "Wolf and Cub"
2014-2015 Red Band Society Dash Hosney Main Role, 13 episodes
2019 Bull Darius Lambert Episode: "Forfieture" (as Brian Bradley)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Notes
2012 Won BET Award BET Young Stars Award


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  2. ^ Amos, Candace (October 1, 2011). "Mom of Brooklyn 'X Factor' sensation proud of son". New York Post.
  3. ^ Johnson, Alice. "Astro's Biography Information from The X Factor USA". Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  4. ^ List of The X Factor finalists (U.S. season 1)
  5. ^ Johnson, Alice. "The Astronomical Kid - Stop Looking at my Moms Music Video". Youtube. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  6. ^ Astro talks about His New Music, Early Influences and Dating on Sway in the Morning
  7. ^
  8. ^ Red Band Society Website.
  9. ^ Netflix To Distribute Spike Lee-Produced Film ‘See You Yesterday’

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