Originally from Brownsville, Brooklyn, Stro, formerly known as Astro & “The Astronomical Kid”, is best known for his incredible emcee skills that were showcased on Season One of X Factor USA. He was the first emcee to successfully make it to the live shows on any talent competition series. He was chosen as one of the top 7 finalists, impressing the likes of his mentor on the show, L.A.Reid.
After five years of grinding and making a name for himself in the underground world of hip-hop, 2010 proved to be a breakout year for Astro. Determined to become a master of his craft Astro immersed himself in the hip-hop culture, studying the methods of hip- hop’s greats in the likes of Rakim, Big L, Big Daddy Kane, Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Tribe called Quest and his idol Jay-Z.
His first single “Stop Looking at My Momz”, became a viral sensation, which lead him to many TV appearances and local press. He had the honor of being chosen by BET as one of their Music Matters artists in 2010, and performed live at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers. His “The Backroom Freestyle” feature on BET was voted one of the best ever and was re-aired during 106 and Park’s Hip Hop Week. It is currently the most watched Back Room segment on YouTube. Astro followed up that milestone with the successful release of his second project of 2013 “Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song.”
“Combined all my influences and came out sick that influenza as I enter the center” a bar from 'He Fell Off"", the first release from Astro’s much anticipated 2013 mixtape “Dead Beats &Lazy Lyrics”.
There’s no question that 2014 was the year of Astro, between opening for the God of the west coast G-Funk, Snoop D-O-Double-GG himself at Washington State University and Oscar winning producer/artist Juicy J in Toronto at NXNE, there’s no room for failure on the road to Astro greatness. His new album “Computer Era” was released independently through his own label, Grade A Tribe Records on Dec 2nd worldwide.