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ASTRO “Lose Yourself” on X Factor (Video)

Astro Lose Yourself The X Factor

I wasn’t sure when I was going to put up the next article that pushes the “R.I.P Heavy D” post down the blog. My heart was heavy and I didn’t feel like posting new music for awhile, as I recovered from the loss of one of my childhood Hip Hop idols. But tonight, the Astronomical Kid returned to X Factor and put up a performance that would make the Heav-ster feel he was leaving Hip Hop in the good hands of the next generation.

For those that don’t know, Astronomical KidAstro for short – has been writing rhymes and producing music since the age of 10 and has been featured twice on’s Youngest In Charge category. He has a few videos out and you can find more of his music on his website His stand out performances in my opinion are his debut single/video Stop Lookin’ At My Moms, his mixtape style remix of Hustle HardDifferent Hustle, where he preaches the benefits of working hard and hitting the books in school, not taking the “easy” way out by other popular, but illegal or immoral hustles. He has a different hustle. He also goes in on an episode of “Spittin In Da Whip“, with mad bars and at the time he was about 12 years old!

I like to feel I always knew this young man was destined to make it. I was just waiting for the news he is signed to one of the major camps in the game right now. When I heard he was a contestant on X Factor, I knew it was on! On his first appearance, he went with his best foot forward and gave them a tried and proven joint – part of his song “Stop Lookin’ At My Moms”. He cleverly worked it in as a skit where he starts off gettin’ at Simon, telling him he caught him and to cut it out. At first it looked like he was buggin’ out – how are you screaming on one of the judges and the producer of the show and you haven’t even spit a bar yet? Then the beat came on and we’d been had. It was the intro to his song. And America caught the fever.

Well, the honeymoon is over. Astro can’t just go through his catalogue and kick his known material. He has to cover songs in the categories they use on X Factor each week. On top of that, he can’t simply spit the original lyrics of someone else’s song, because that’s not what MC’s do (and thank god for X Factors producers realizing that or all the Hip Hop artists would have been real corny, just saying other people’s rhymes). So, every week, Astro has to write his own verse (like he did with “Different Hustle”) to songs selected within the show’s theme.

Last week he did Kris Kross’s classic party anthem “Jump“. Lyrically, he killed it and even took shots at the newer artists of today.

The new generation of rap, is kinda wack, so right now I’m takin’ it-takin’ it-takin’ it-takin’ it back!

Check out how he bodied it tonight, with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” off of the 8 Mile soundtrack. Like the original song, Astro gets personal and talks about several personal struggles, from being homeless to having Diabetes. The song is dope. For those who are late, you can see Astronomical Kid’s audition performance in front of Rihanna and L.A. Ried, to see if he can make it on the show (he does “The Message“), after the jump. I also threw in his performance from last week’s show.



Astronomical Kid ROCKS “X Factor”

You know Astronomical Kid from our previous story about this rising young superstar. Appearing on this show, along with the accolades lavished on him by all the judges, especially L.A. Ried’s comments, are bound to help him on his journey. When asked why he hasn’t gotten a record deal so far, Astro – real name Brian Bradley – answered perfectly, “Politics, you have to know somebody.”

Well, after this performance on the show, millions of viewers on TV, multiplied by the millions of views his article in the Daily News and countless other papers, as well as numerous blog posts like this one, everybody is going to want to know this young man. Shouts to WorldStar for the video. Peace and respect to his mom! (I wasn’t looking, I swear!)

Astro definitely has our attention over here at & MCMI Records. I’m sure his phone is ringing off the hook non-stop since the show aired. Let the bidding wars begin!


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Some of you may have seen the Astronomical Kid when his videos first started appearing on YouTube, but if you haven’t, it’s worth a listen. The video for “Stop Lookin’ At My Moms” is shot in Brooklyn. It’s great because it’s both funny as hell, in a cute little kid sorta way and at the same time quiet catchy. Almost 600,000 views since it went up in August 2010, but that’s not what prompted me to put the Astronomical youngster up on MCMIreport, in the Youngest In Charge section. It was his flows in the backseat of a car in Crazy Al Cayne’s “Spittin In Da Whip” that made me say, “Hey, this kid is nice!”

ASTRONOMICAL KIDMore important than that (hey, a LOT of kids are nice), he has charisma, knows how to speak to press, has his own unique rhyme style and is a good performer. On top of that, he already proved he can write a good song. The fact that he is talking about something real to him, not making up a bunch of phony gangsta/player/rich boy nonsense is a bonus – this kid speaks from the heart. Listen to his Hustle Hard Remix (Different Hustle) after the jump, and you will see what I mean. All that makes him a real MC and a well rounded artist.

Astronomical KidNow with his own website, the boy is official. Having appeared on several television shows and rocked many stages already, combined with the hits to his website and YouTube videos, the Kid’s in business – for himself – at age 14!
* Read more and watch Astro spit, after the jump!  (more…)