It’s been quite the journey for young Brooklyn emcee Stro, who received his first stripe at the age of 14 as a participant on The X Factor USA. Although ultimately eliminated, Stro (affectionately known as Stro The Astronomical Kid) tacked on a few extra stripes to his sleeve by pursuing a few acting gigs and released a string of mixtapes between 2010 and 2013 before taking a brief hiatus. Which is understandable, considering the kid is only 20 years old.
At the very top of 2016, Stro broke radio silence, releasing his B.E.S.T.B.Y.F.A.R. mixtape, flexing his production chops and strengthening his skills on mic devices before taking another break.
A year later, Stro reappeared with “Only On Apps,” followed by his seven-track The Flood EP and remixing NxWorries’ “Scared Money.”
On 4/20, Stro visited the Okayplayer offices, doubling down by releasing his brand new album Grade A Frequencies and giving some insight into the new project; largely recorded in light of his sister’s infatuation with what he dubs “yah rap.”
“I see the way it influences her decisions: the way she talks, the slang she uses. For a long time I was ignorant to that effect. The music really affects these kids,” Stro shared with OKP. “I am who I am because of the music I came up on, so I understand the effect music has on a subconscious level. It really shapes the kind of person you become.”
Stream Grade A Frequencies below and purchase it on iTunes.