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Birth name Brian Vaughn Bradley Jr.
Also known as The Astronomical Kid, C.K.O, Coolest Kid Out, Astro, Stro, Stro The MC
Born (1996-09-27) September 27, 1996 (age 26)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, record producer, songwriter, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006–2021
  • Grade A Tribe
  • Mass Appeal
Associated acts L.A. Reid, Snoop Dogg, Nas Jay Z, Bishop Nehru, Statik Selektah, CJ Fly

Brian Vaughn Bradley Jr. (born September 27, 1996), better known by his stage names Astro, Stro, and 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 Record Company owner and producer L.A. Reid. 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

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. 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 Mom" 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.

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.

Music career

2011–2012: The X Factor USA and Post-X Factor

At the age of 14, Bradley 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 as Reid, Abdul and Cowell kept him. However, Francis received more votes than Astro meaning if Cowell sent the result to deadlock, Astro would have been eliminated. He got into the top seven before getting eliminated.

Performances on The X Factor

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 "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" Puff Daddy feat. Mase 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 judges' vote
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 Mom", released under the name The Astronomical Kid. The music video was released on YouTube.

2013–present: Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics and Starvin' Like Marvin

For most of 2012, Bradley went on a hiatus. When in an interview with Sway, he mentioned that he used this time to find himself, musically. 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."

Acting career

Bradley 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 the FOX series Red Band Society, which premiered on September 17, 2014. Most recently, he played Calvin Walker in See You Yesterday, an afrofuturist take on ways that time travel can change the effects of police brutality. See You Yesterday was produced by Spike Lee and directed by Stefon Bristol, and debuted on Netflix on May 17. 2019.

In June 2019, The Hollywood Reporter stated that Bradley was originally set to play a principal role in HBO's Euphoria, but left the show during filming due to its explicit content and was subsequently replaced with Algee Smith.



  • Grade A Frequencies (2017)


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


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


Year Title Artist Peak chart positions
2009 "Hang On" Sha Stimuli
2012 "Want U Back (UK Version)" Cher Lloyd 12 11
"Ghostin'" Torion
2013 "Workaholics" Curtiss King
"Who's Next?" Shadow The Great
2014 "Out Here Gettin' Money" Termanology
"Around the World" Ransom
2016 "Every ... Dolla" Ill Neil
"3 Man Weave" Logan Cage
"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 as Brian 'Astro' Bradley
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Lodis
2019 Luce DeShaun Meeks
See You Yesterday Calvin Walker as Brian 'Stro' Bradley


Year Name Role Notes
2011 The X Factor Himself Contestant: seventh place
2012 Person of Interest Darren McGrady Episode, "Wolf and Cub"
2014–2015 Red Band Society Dash Hosney Main role
2019 Bull Darius Lambert Episode: "Forfeiture"; as Brian Bradley
2020 FBI: Most Wanted Anttwon Perry Episode: "Caesar"; as Brian Bradley Jr.

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Notes
2012 Won BET Award BET Young Stars Award
Women's History Month on Kiddle
Women Scientists of Antiquity
Mary the Jewess
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