I’ve been missing you…

November 17, 2011

I knew the Astronomical Kid was destined for stardom way before X Factor. What I liked most about the young passionate MC was that he represents a type of hiphop that you rarely see these days, at least amongst young people. And when I heard he was going to be on X Factor I wasn’t sure how he would fare, not because he lacked talent or x factor (because he has both to spare), but because these types of competitions are dominated by singers, and no rapper has ever made it very far.

However, week after week Astro has proven that he is not only a strong contender, but he is one of the favorites, by far. Amazingly to me, he has  managed to do this without selling out and doing corny club tracks. He’s kept real to who he is and how he wants to represent hiphop, within the perimeter of the show’s box. He’s really made hiphop proud! This week was no different as he took things to a whole new level.

The guitar riff of The Police’s “Every Breath I Take” (also later redone by Puff Daddy as “I’ll Be Missing You”, a tribute to BIG) started, and Astro sat on mock-up Brooklyn stoop, modeled after the very type of New York City porch steps that held up the forefathers of hiphop, as they beat-boxed and rhymed their way into history. And then he jumped in,

“Uh! This is dedicated to her, the one and only girl that’s known all over the world. She’s forty years old but I still try and speak to her. We talk all the time and my heart beats through her. She messed with the wrong dudes and now she’s messed up. Started doing drugs and showing the kids that stuff…”

Before this point I thought Astro might have been talking about his mom, or a really old (forty-year-old to be exact) girlfriend. But when he mentioned the drug part I figured that’s not it, because he wouldn’t put that out there like that. Then I realized he’s not rapping about a girl, he’s rapping about hiphop, and I got chills. What followed was a beautiful ode to what hiphop was, a lament for what it has become, and an honest, raw love song in tribute to this “girl” he cares so much about.

He paid homage to Biggie with a couple of lines, mentioned how he met hiphop through The Sugarhill Gang, and painted a picture of the blinged out mess that hiphop has become. Then he passionately started rapping about how he wants to, “get her back to the old her,” and the beat started to build. Astro threw his hand in the air and said, “But good news for anybody missing her like I do, your boy’s bringing hiphop back!” I believe him! And if this is the direction hiphop is moving again, I couldn’t be happier. Keep doing your thing Astro! Bring that real hiphop back!



Astro’s Moment…

November 10, 2011

I want a crisp, white t-shirt with this picture…

…and “Taking hiphop back!” written on it, because that’s what this kid’s doing! What a breath of fresh air in this lame rap generation. I just wish X Factor would hurry up and get over with so the Astronomical Kid can get out there and do his thing full-time. But I wish him all the best as he continues on in the competition, and keeps making hiphop proud.

Dude, everybody’s stopped looking at your mom now (no offense to her). All eyes on you!

That is all.

Astronomical Kid’s Got That X Factor!

September 30, 2011

Alright, I told you way back in February, and then again in June, that the young rapper Brian Bradley aka the Astronomical Kid is a force to be reckoned with! He’s got the lyrical skills beyond his years, a good message, style, passion, swag (as the kids would say), and definitely some X Factor to spare. And all of this was validated again tonight on the show, appropriately named, yes, that’s right the X Factor.

For those of you who are not familiar with it, The X Factor is a show, created by Simon Cowell, where he and three other judges (L.A. Reid, Paula Abdul, and Nicole Scherzinger) are not just looking for the next “good voice” or plastic pop star. They are looking for someone who has that special something that goes beyond a great voice, nice moves, and good looks. They are looking for a stand out artist who has, that thing people often have trouble describing, the X Factor. And for the highest reality television prize ever, the winner will be awarded a $5 million record deal.

Tonight was the fourth episode, and the last of the audition phase. I had seen a quick shot of Astro on the very first commercial, where he looked slightly timid; not his normal M.O. I watched for him last week and though he wasn’t on, he was on the commercial for this week, where he seemingly lashed out at Simon saying, “What’s your problem, son?!” My excitement for him turned into nervousness. Then, earlier this week, I saw a clip of Simon on the Jimmy Kimmel show where he was speaking about the “most obnoxious person” ever to be on the show, which he said was Brian (Astro). But in the same breath he said that he’s “destined for greatness”. I was not sure what to expect for tonight’s show.

Alas, when the show came on tonight I did not have to wait in suspense, because Astro was the very first artist up. He spoke confidently and maturely in his preliminary interview, and then took the stage, immediately greeting the crowd like a pro. He seemed cool and calm as the judges asked him various questions. They seemed to really like him. Simon leaned over to L.A. Reid (responsible for artists’ careers such as Justin Bieber, Usher, Rihanna, etc.) and began saying Astro was like a younger version of him, when suddenly, the kid lost it. “What’s your problem, man?!” Simon looked completely shocked, and was literally speechless. My stomach dropped, as Astro continued with his seemingly unprovoked attack on Simon.

And then, he called for the sound man to “drop the beat”, as Simon sat there like a deer caught in headlights. The beat started immediately.

As the music began to play, and Astro entered into an attention demanding performance of his Youtube hit song, “Stop Lookin’ At My Mom,” I realized his little tiff with Simon was just a genius, yet risky, intro to his song, pretending as though Simon had been making eyes at his beloved mother. The Astronomical Kid gave a strong performance, winning over the crowd, and the judges. As the song went on, I saw Simon’s scowl melt, and he realized what was going on. In the end, Astro won over the praises and the votes of all four judges, putting him through to the next round.

The question is not whether or not Astro has the X Factor, because it’s plain to see he’s got it. It’s just a matter of waiting to see if the judges continue to recognize it and keep him in the competition long enough for him to win, in this type of show that usually does not favor hiphop artists as much as singers. Whatever happens from here on out, The Astronomical Kid has represented hiphop and made it proud, not to mention making himself known as a fierce competitor on the X Factor! Make sure to tune in next week and support this young, talented Astronomical Kid.