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.