So everyone’s talking about Astro’s little meltdown on X-Factor the other night. First up let me acknowledge that for all his lyrical skills, he is still a child. Not only that but up to this point he’s pretty much stolen the show with his performances. One can clearly see that he got complacent and was totally taken by surprise when he found himself in the bottom two. At 14 years old, a kid like Astro is bound to have slip ups like that being under that level of pressure. One cannot really expect him to be able to handle disappointment like an adult, who will undoubtedly have experienced many similar situations.
All I have to say about it is: Get off the kid’s back. He’s a child. Most kid’s will act out a bit when face with that situation. I mean think. He’s been killing it throughout the contest, the praise is clearly going to his head, he was obvious embarassed and disappointed. Last but not least he is under a whole heap of pressure. He is, as far as I can recall, the first serious MC who has made it this far in a talent show of this nature. I guess he feels like he has Hip Hop on his shoulders too. Many artists feel the pressure to be the best. Everyday is a quest to be better and get more exposure. There are always questions like: “how do I get signed” and “how do I write the next big hit”. People who haven’t lived it or known someone who has don’t understand that that life is not all glitz and glamour.
All I can do is try to help independent artists get to that next level, especially those seeking to buy beats online. I am an artist myself so I understand the pressure to be the best in a highly competitive arena. Astro is gonna grow and shine because no matter what happens on X-Factor that kid has a future in Hip Hop. If anyone out there knows him tell him about me, Strat Carter. Tell him give me a holla if he need some beats
Meanwhile, check out astro’s performance to save his skin:(video taken from youtube)