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BRIAN "ASTRO" BRADLEY'S (Tuck) 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 word 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.

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 with over 500,000 hits on YouTube, 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 artists in addition to performing live on television.

2011 brought about a different kind of reality for Astro. With some encouragement from his mother, 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". He was the only emcee to have ever successfully made it to the live shows on any talent competition series.

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." Astro will soon wrap production on "Red Band Society," a pilot from executive producer Steven Spielberg staring Octavia Spencer and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Rejon will also be directing Astro in his next feature film Me, Earl and The Dying Girl set to shoot in 2014. In addition to other notable acting projects, he has recently finished production as the sidekick to Liam Neeson's lead in Scott Frank's Walk Among The Tombstones set for release in 2014.

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