EARTH TO ECHO
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
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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