NMM: Stro

Photo: Chris White
My first New Music Monday feature of 2015 centers on an amazing artist.

Stro, a Brooklyn native, made history on the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's "The X-Factor" by becoming the first emcee to make the live shows, placing in the top seven. Stro honed his craft on the show, under the guidance of mentor L.A. Reid, and continued to work in the years after his appearance.

According to his Facebook page, Stro made a name for himself in the underground hip-hop world, constantly studying the ways of hip-hop legends such as Rakim, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z and Tupac. Stro's first single, "Stop Looking At My Momz," became an Internet sensation and opened many doors, including multiple television appearances. BET also named Stro one of its "Music Matters" artists in 2010 and his "Backroom Freestyle" feature on the network is still one of the most watched on YouTube, according to his Facebook page. 2014 was a huge year for Stro, having opened for Snoop Dogg and Oscar winning producer Juicy J. Stro also starred as Dash on the FOX series "Red Band Society" and released an album - Computer Era - on December 2. I'll be honest and say that I do not have an enormous collection of hip-hop albums. However, I listen to some hip-hop tracks as long as they are really good (there's your fun fact for the day). Computer Era is really - and I mean really - good. It takes you back to the classic days of the genre.

I've been a huge fan of Stro since I first saw him on "The X-Factor" and even more so after seeing his performance on "Red Band Society." I was ecstatic to learn of this new album dropping and it didn't disappoint. The video above is an interview Stro recently did with the "Ebro In The Morning" show on Hot 97 in New York about life, "Red Band Society" and more. He even did a little freestyle!

Make sure you go check out Computer Era on iTunes and many other platforms.