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Astro (rapper)

Birth nameBrian Bradley
Also known asThe Astronomical Kid or ASTRO.
Born (1996-09-27) September 27, 1996 (age 22)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop, rap, R&B,
Occupation(s)Rapper,Songwriter, Actor
Years active2011–present
Associated actsCher Lloyd, 50 Cent, Torion,L.A. Reid

Brian Bradley (born September 27, 1996), better known by his stage name Astro or The Astronomical Kid, is an American rapper and actor. Mostly 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. Due to his astounding performance he won over all three judges and all the single mothers in the crowd. 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 has co-starred in many major films like Earth to Echo, A Walk Among the Tombstones and now co-stars in a series on Fox called Red Band Society.

Early life[edit]

Astro was born Brian Bradley in Brooklyn, New York on August 26th, 1996. There, he lived in a single parent household with his Jamaican mother and younger sister. 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.[1]

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. [2]

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 Moms" 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 and 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 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.[3]

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.[4] 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. He released his first album entitled, Computer Era on December 2nd via iTunes.

Acting Career[edit]

Astro made his acting debut with his role as Darren McGrady in Person of Interest. He, then, got the role of Tucker "Tuck" Simms in a Sci-Fi adventure called Earth to Echo, which was released on July 2nd, 2014. He also got a role as TJ in A Walk Among the Tombstones, a film with Liam Neeson and is to be released on September 19th, 2014. He is also seen as Dash Hosney in a new FOX series called Red Band Society that aired on September 17th, 2014.[5]



  • Computer Era (2014)


  • B.O.A (Birth Of Astro) (2010)
  • The Chosen One (2010)
  • The Chosen One Reloaded (2011)
  • Loser (2011)
  • Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics (2013)
  • Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song (2013)


  • The Astronomical Kid EP (2009)


  • Stop Looking At My Moms (2009)
  • Stoopid Swag (2011)
  • Dead Beat (2012)
  • Methods (2012)
  • He Fell Off (2013)
  • Don't Test Me (2013)
  • Crazy (2013)
  • New New York (2013)
  • Woop Woop (2013)
  • Sound Boy Burial (2014)
  • 88 (2014)
  • Champion (2014)


Year Title Artist Peak chart positions
2009 "Hang On" Sha Stumuli
2012 "Want U Back (UK Version)" Cher Lloyd 55 63
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

Music Videos[edit]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Stop Looking at My Moms" The Astronomical Kid EP
2013 "He Fell Off" Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics
2013 "Catchin' Wreck" Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics
2013 "Don't Test Me"
2013 "Yes, I Know My G" Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song
2014 "88"
2014 "Champion" "Computer Era"