Contestant Profile
Birth Date 27 September 1996
'Age 21
Hometown Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Rapper


Category Boys
Mentor LA Reid
Placement 7/17

Astro is a rapper who participated in Season 1 of The X Factor USA. He was in the Boys category under judge LA Reid and was eliminated in Week 6, finishing in 7th place.

The X Factor

At the age of 14, Astro went to audition for the X-Factor. For his audition, he performed "Stop Looking At My Mom" and stole America's attention by becoming one of the few rappers to perform on such a show.

He successfully made it to the live shows but his performance in Week 6, a performance of "Black or White" by Michael Jackson which included a rap, was met by disapproval by Jackson's kids. He landed in the Bottom 3 alongside Drew and Marcus Canty and was immediately eliminated as the act with the fewest votes.


Post The X Factor

After leaving the show, he released his fourth mixtape entitled Loser. It was based around his experiences on the show. He also put out two beat tapes called "Masterminds" and "New World Art" under the alias of Basquiat. The tapes included productions from both him and his friend Laron (a.k.a. ThatLoserLaron) who went under the name of Keith for the tapes.

He was then nominated for a BET Award in the Young Stars category, asked to present an award at the 43rd Annual NAACP Image Award Show with Keke Palmer, and featured in an episode of Person of Interest..

In 2012, he featured on the single "Want U Back" by The X Factor UK finalist Cher Lloyd, who finished in fourth place in Series 7.

2013-present: Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics and Starvin' Like Marvin

For most of 2012, Astro went on a hiatus for a while. When in an interview with Sway, he mentioned that he used this time to find himself, musically. He returned releasing a song called Deadbeat and another called Methods, then releasing a visual to his song He Fell Off. Those songs were all included on his mixtape Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics. He made sure to state that the tape would be nothing like what he has done before with a "gritty hip-hop sound that oozed Brooklyn.


US Season 1 Finalists
AstroChris ReneDexter HaygoodDrewInTENsityJosh KrajcikLakoda RayneLeRoy BellMarcus CantyMelanie AmaroPhillip LomaxRachel CrowSimone BattleStacy FrancisThe Brewer BoysThe Stereo HogzzTiah Tolliver