WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 22: Contestant Astro poses for a portrait backstage at Fox's "The X Factor" Top 9 Live Performance Show on November 22, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ray Mickshaw/Fox/PictureGroup)



Without a doubt, one of the viral highlights of 2010 was Brian Bradley's (a.k.a. The Astronomical Kid’s) song and video, “Stop Looking At My Moms.” Not only was the clip well-executed (to the tune of over half a million views), but even more impressive was the then-14-year-old’s old-school flow. (And yes, he writes his own rhymes.) Born and raised in Brooklyn, Astro joined The X-Factor TV show for a chance at a record deal when he was 15, making it to the final seven contestants as the only hip hip act. His appearance on the show gained him legions of fans, including music heavyweights Diddy, L.A. Reid and Rihanna (who said he sounded like a "mini J Cole").

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