Taylor Bennett Turns A Health Scare Into A Beautiful New York City Night (Audio)

Chicago's Taylor Bennett, Chance The Rapper’s talented younger brother, links with Brooklyn’s Stro and singer Jordan Bratton on “New York Nights." The song is the product of a health scare the MC experienced while visiting the city after the release of his debut project, Broad Shoulders. Upon learning that he... Read more

Stro Runs Through 7 Minutes Of Classic Beats In 1 Of The Year’s Best Freestyles (Video)

Stro (f/k/a The Astronomical Kid) has had a quieter 2016 than other years. However, the Brooklyn, New Yorker is just ramping up, and showing that his skills have refined. Appearing on the most recent episode of Statik Selektah's ShowOff Radio show, Stro asks if he can go off the top... Read more

Stro Celebrates His Ideal Woman on a Lil Bow Wow Update (Video)

Stro (fka Astronomical Kid and Astro) is all grown up. After stepping into the spotlight in 2011 as a contestant on X Factor with his infectious song, "Stop Looking at My Moms," he's eighteen now and turning his attention to another lady in his life. On "Ghetto Girls Freestyle," he... Read more

Stro & Bishop Nehru Take Aim At All Those Exploiting Hip-Hop (Video)

Stro (f/k/a Astro) and Bishop Nehru are '90s babies, but they are clearly historians. "K.I.N.G. (Keeping Ignorant Niggas Glorified)" is a collaboration tasked with speaking on some of the pitfalls existing in the mid-2010s, especially for Black folks. Lyrically, the two New York natives attack status symbols like sneakers, exotic... Read more

Astro Shortens His Name But Keeps Pushing Forward Lyrically (Audio)

As he's gone from a boy to a man, The Astronomical Kid has shortened his name to Astro and now Stro. No matter the moniker, since his seventh place finish on the first season of the U.S. version of X Factor, he has remained one of Hip-Hop's most promising voices.... Read more

Astro, Sir Michael Rocks & More Refelect On Obstacles Overcome (Audio)

Sir Michael Rocks, Astro, El Prez, SkyBlew, and Clay James have put their heads together on “Untouchable," a reflective posse cut produced by Money Montage and Coopatroop. Each MC touches on obstacles met and overcome in his past, on the meditative song. Check it out. Related: Astro Handles the 5... Read more

Here Are the Best Freestyles of 2014. Nothing. But. BARS (Video)

Contrary to popular belief, a freestyle does not have to be an "off the top" verse, at least according to Big Daddy Kane and Kool Moe Dee, if you take them as credible sources. Says Kool Moe Dee in his book, There's a God on the Mic: "There are two... Read more

Astro Handles the 5 Fingers of Death Freestyle Like a Champion (Video)

Astro stopped by the Sway in the Morning show to discuss his new Computer Era album, Ferguson and more. After, he got on the mic and tackled Sway's 5 Fingers of Death MC challenge, off the top, and did not break a sweat. After, some said it was the best... Read more

Astro Equates Boxing To Rapping & He Wants A Title (Video)

Brooklyn, New York's Astro seemingly makes everything a sport. The young MC with the viral video past has been a DIY juggernaut in taking on Hip-Hop in the digital age, and he's winning. But for the Astronomical Kid, it's far from where he wants to be. "Champion" locks in on... Read more

The Week in Video Featured Killer Mike, Remy Ma, The Roots & D’Angelo, Redman & Kurupt, Your Old Droog & More (Video Playlist)

As the Summer winds down, compelling and entertaining videos keep coming. Last week brought new music videos from Redman & Kurupt, Lupe Fiasco, Fredro Starr, Rick Ross, Krazy Drayz (from Das Efx) & Smiff N Wessun, Astro and Remy Ma, freestyles from Stalley, Brianna, Troy Ave and Travi$ Scott, the... Read more

Astro Takes it Back to ’88 on His Latest (Video)

Astro returns with a throwback jam on his latest. While the razor sharp MC re-visited the 90's last year with mixtapes like Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics and Starvin' Like Marvin for a Cool J Song, this time he goes all the way back to the 80's with an ode to... Read more

Ransom & Astro Take You Around The World (Audio)

It's been almost a year since Ransom put out his project, The Proposal, but today the New Jersey artist continues his trend of producing high quality works with his latest cut. Ransom links up with Astro (formerly The Astronomical Kid) to take listeners across the lyrical highway on a journey... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of Some of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in January 2014 (Audio)

Before we get too deep into February, here's a look back at some of the best Hip-Hop to drop in January 2014. After a slow start, we got new music from Phonte, Talib Kweli, Elzhi, Schoolboy Q, Yasiin Bey (pka Mos Def), Phife, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Pete Rock, Astro,... Read more

Astro Drops His 2nd Banger in 2 Days. MCs, Get Your Bars Up. Here’s I Don’t Know (Audio)

Here's another TOUGH new joint from Astro--the 2nd in 2 days. Check out I Don't Know. If you don't know, now you know... Related: Astro Buries The Sound Boys In Brooklyn (Audio) Props on the Spot: DJ Booth... Read more

Astro Buries The Sound Boys In Brooklyn (Audio)

"I'm reppin' my Brooklyn legends" - Astro Astro is getting sharper by the minute. The Brooklyn, New York MC unveiled "Sound Boy Burial." Not a Smif N Wessun cover at all (the flow is more Reasonable Doubt-era Jay Z, if anything), the record essentially honors all of the above. Over... Read more

Got BARS? These MC’s Do. Here Are The Best Freestyles of 2013 (Video)

There are few things more satisfying in Hip-Hop than a killer verse. It's why Kendrick Lamar shook up the Internet for 3 weeks (an eternity these days) with his Control verse...and then again with his BET Cypher. We've assembled a collection of the best freestyles (mostly "writtens") of 2013. Check... Read more

Astro Makes A Compelling Narrative In Yes I Know My G (Video)

Okay, take a record called "Yes I Know My G." You might not expect a heavy concept or dense narrative. The simple tune from Starvin' Like Marvin For A Cool J Song got a very cool video though. Like "What's Up Fatlip?," Astro waxes lyrical while taking a catchy song... Read more

Astro Defends & Analyzes His City, Stresses The New, New York (Audio)

"If only this was '92, imagine what the hood would do." Astro makes a dense response to Trinidad Jame$' recent comments criticizing the state of Hip-Hop in New York City. The Brooklyn MC highlights the socioeconomic changes in the five boroughs, and while there's a lot of civic pride here,... Read more

Astro Catches Wreck in Another Cypher (Video)

After wrecking shop at the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, Astro gets busy during another one for The Cypher Effect. His verse commences at the 8:40 mark. Check it out below. Related: Astro Speaks on His New Mixtape and Drops a Verse (Video)... Read more

AFH: The Week in Video (10/6/13) (Video Playlist)

The week in video brought a sneak peek of Kendrick Lamar's controversial Cypher verse, an in-depth interview with Astro, DJ Quik decoding Justify My Thug, footage of Rakim and DMX recording their new song, music videos from Pusha T, Young Buck, Ka, Wale, Organized Konfusion and more. Catch up on... Read more

Astro Speaks on His New Mixtape and Drops a Verse (Video)

Think you know the Astronomical Kid from X Factor? Think again...The "kid" has grown up and what has emerged is Astro, a supremely talented lyricist and MC. We sat down with Astro in his hometown of Brooklyn to discuss his mixtape Starvin' Like Marvin for a Cool J Song and... Read more

2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Artists Announced

Taped tonight in Atlanta, BET's 2013 Hip-Hop Awards is coming on October 15 at 8pm EST. With the cyphers already making big noise on Twitter (especially from the Aftermath Entertainment camp), here are all 34 participants, as reported by This year's lineup features the usual breakthrough artists (Action Bronson,... Read more

Astro – Starvin Like Marvin For A Cool J Song (Mixtape)

Brooklyn's Astro aka Astronomical Kid names his latest mixtape after an iconic Radio-era LL Cool J line. How cool, and fitting for a young MC with so much knowledge and influence from the glory years of Hip-Hop—especially on the New York front. The 14 song effort is Astro's second tape... Read more

AFH: Best Hip-Hop of August 2013 (Audio Playlist)

August may well go down as the hottest month of the year (literally and musically) when all is said and done. It will no doubt be remembered as the month Kendrick Lamar set the Hip-Hop world aflame with 1 verse and woke up the Hip-Hop Nation. In addition to Big... Read more

Astro Freestyles on ShowOff Radio

Wow. The kid Astro has BARS. Check out the video of his freestyle on ShowOff Radio. MCs beware...he's coming for the crown. Related: Astro freestyles in The Backroom (Video)... Read more

Astro – KONY (Prod. Statik Selektah)

Astro has dropped one of the better response records so far to Kendrick Lamar's verse on Control. In the first verse, Astro answers most of Kendrick's assertions point by point. However, the 2nd verse is even more interesting because he takes New York rappers to task for jocking Kendrick too... Read more

Astro Kid – Crazy

Brooklyn's Astro Kid (a/k/a Astro, a/k/a The Astronomical Kid) keeps the output coming with "Crazy." This is a simple beat with a rapper's rap to go with it. Astro flexes his varying flows over a drum arrangement provided by BMC. For all the throwback fashion styles and rappers liberally grabbing... Read more

AFH: Best Hip-Hop of July 2013 (Audio Playlist)

Jay-Z dominated the headlines in July, but there was a LOT of good music from other artists last month, as well. Here's a playlist of the best hip-hop to drop in July. You'll hear music from MC Lyte, Q-Tip, J. Cole, Rapsody, Pete Rock & Camp Lo, Daz Dillinger, Nipsey... Read more

Astro Kid – Don’t Test Me (Video)

Okay, this one's interesting. Whether by way of Sha Stimuli's My Soul To Keep album a few years ago, "X-Factor," or the Backroom Freestyle, Astro Kid (who also goes by just "Astro") is making some big waves across many pockets of listeners and fans. Today he released the visual to... Read more

Astro Freestyles on The Sway in the Morning Show (Video)

The future of hip-hop is in good hands. Over the last few years, a crop of young, true spitters has emerged. Astro is one of them. Check out this video of how he blistered the mic on The Sway in the Morning Show. Related: Astro – Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics... Read more

Astro – Deadbeats & Lazy Lyrics (Mixtape)

Astro is back with a new mixtape with some strong beats from 9th Wonder, MF DOOM and even the Kid, himself. It's chock full of sounds from 90's hip-hop and R&B. He does his thing on the mic too. You can listen to and download all of Deadbeats & Lazy... Read more

Astro – Methods

Astro references back in the day artists and flows in his latest release. Check out Methods. Related: Joey Bada$$ performs Waves with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (Video)... Read more