Astro aka The Astronomical Kid "Exclusive Interview"

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Astro aka The Astronomical Kid from Brooklyn NY, making a special appearance at the Mobb Deep Show in Santa Ana Ca early Sept 2013.  A true lyrical profit for a very young age and yet he is so professional in everything he does.  We had the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Astro speaking on the trip and his music progression.  Much respect to Astro and his whole team for being so humble and representing real Hip Hop.

Almost thirty years after the birth of hip-hop and fourteen days to the day of hip-hop’s great Tupac
Shakur’s death a star was born, gifted with a voice and a passion for the art of storytelling that is
reserved only for a chosen few. His love of music was evident even before he could speak. Never one to
be without his cd player Astro made it clear at an early age that music was his purpose. He gravitated
toward Hip hop taking a special interest in the intricacies of world play and metaphoric representation
of life as he knew it.

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. “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” says everything there is to say about the up and coming emcee.

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. After his first single Stop Looking at My Momz became a viral
sensation, Astro garnered a lot of attention making him somewhat of a local celebrity. From it came a
feature in the New York daily News, an invitation to perform live on Good Day NY, an appearance on
MTV’s The Seven and a feature on Fuse TV. He also had the honor of being chosen by BET as one of
their Music Matters artist in addition to performing live for the livest audience on television.

2011 brought about a different kind of reality for Astro one he had never imagined. With some
encouragement from his mother although against his gut instincts for fear that appearing on a reality
talent show would discredit him as an emcee, Astro auditioned for and made television history when he
was chosen as a top sixteen finalist out of two hundred thousand auditionees for Season one of the X
Factor US; the only emcee to have ever successfully made it to the live shows on any talent competition

Not only did Astro make a name for himself by being the only contestant to consistently write new lyrics
week after week he further etched his legacy into the minds of the millions who eagerly anticipated his
next move by delivering performances comparable to those of seasoned professionals. He left the show
a seventh place finalist with a record deal in hand. The experience proved to be a valuable one, opening
doors in the entertainment industry that may otherwise not have been offered to the kid with a pen and
a dream from Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Never one to settle for less than maximization of opportunities Astro used his new found attention to
launch an acting career, appearing as a guest star in a title role alongside Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson
and Malik Yoba on CBS’s Person of Interest. In addition to other notable acting projects he has recently
finished production on two feature films, one as the lead in Relativity Media’s “Echo” and the other as
the sidekick to Liam Neeson’s lead in Scott Frank’s “Walk Among The Tombstones”. Both set for release
in 2014. Make no mistake however, music remains the focus of Astro’s life and he is steady working hard 2
to give his supporters material them and him can be proud of. If you’re ever looking for him and can’t
find him check the studio.

And speaking of the studio, Astro is currently back on his music grind. He has recently completed his
second mixtape of 2013, “Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song”, due out September 10th 2013. He has
been featured on 106 and Park’s “The Backroom” segment. His Backroom freestyle was also voted one
of the best ever and was re-aired during 106 and Park’s Hip Hop Week. Lastly, he will be participating in
a new Cypher segment at Rock The Bells Tour in NYC on the V.I.P. stage.

“I gotta make sure what I’m saying is a statement cause I’m the Jay-Z of Blue
Ivy’s generation”

Many may say that’s a bold statement especially coming from a sixteen year old Brooklynite with
everything to prove, but what is Hip hop if not bold and what is making a statement if the intention is
not to leave your mark? Say what you want about The Astronomical Kid but there is no denying that he’s
dope! Love him or hate him one thing’s for certain you’ve gotta respect his lyrical skills, his passion and
his grind.


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