A lippy teen rapper from Brooklyn – who is sick of guys ogling his mother – has emerged as an early fan favorite on the debut season of “The X-Factor.”
Swaggering high school sophomore Brian Bradley, 14, appeared to be picking a fight with judge Simon Cowell when he performed at the show’s pre-taped New Jersey auditions Thursday.
“What’s your problem, man?” he taunted. “You lucky we ain’t in the streets!”
Bradley – who also performs as The Astronomical Kid — then launched into a self-written rap, “Stop Lookin’ at My Mom”:
Stop looking. It ain’t for your eyes to see
Stop looking. Or you gonna have a problem with me
Don’t kiss at her. Don’t kiss at her
Or I’m gonna have to throw my fist at ya!
“I don’t like people lookin’ at my mother, dudes lookin’ at my mother,” the high school sophomore explains in an interview posted on YouTube.
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“It’s not even just lookin’ it’s the way they approach her with the catcalling. I consider that harassment. Sometimes I just want to fight. But instead of taking it out on them in the wrong way, I decided to do what I do with everything else and put it on a record. It really wasn’t about publicity, but now I am gonna take it and run with it.”
Bradley – who has been performing for five years as The Astronomical Kid – won praise from the judging panel and easily advanced to the show’s “boot camp” rounds, which begin next Wednesday.
Simon Cowell: “You are arrogant, obnoxious and argumentative…but you are one of the most talented young people I have heard in a long time. This is why I am in New Jersey.”
L.A. Reid: “I used to run this label called Def Jam and all those years I was there I was looking for you, but you never walked in.”
“I don’t want to sound cocky, but I expected to make it,” he tells The New York Post.
“I want all these people from those labels that turned me down and tried to play me – I want them to see that and feel stupid.”
Bradley lives with his mom (a song and book writer), step-father and 10 year-old sister Regan in Brownsville, one of the New York’s toughest neighborhoods.
He has been rapping since age ten and hopes the exposure from “X Factor” and success of “Stop Lookin’ At My Mom’s” (a YouTube Sensation with over 200,000 views in its first month) will help him finally secure a record deal.
“I have been to so many labels trying to get someone to put me on and they all just turn me down,” he says. “They ignore you when you are talking. That is why I am really excited for people to see this audition.”