There’s something about Tyler Grosso that makes you want to throw on a baggy Polo Sport shirt and reevaluate your life. Artist assistant to the A$AP Mob and founder/designer of the extremely successful street wear label, Superrradical, Tyler has achieved more in his 21 years than most people plan to accomplish by the age of 40. What started as a boy from North Carolina scrolling through Facebook turned into a full-time job with one of the most successful hip-hop crews of this generation.
Tell us about how the job with A$AP Mob came about?
The job with ASAP Mob came out back in early 2013. I had ASAP Yams’ secret Facebook in my friends list. One day he post a status that said “need an intern for the summer”. I instantly replied, told him I’d move from North Carolina (11 hours away) in less than a week, to New York to work with him. He said I got the job, gave me a little advice and a week later I moved to New York and started working. My first day we were in the studio all night with Rocky while he was recording for Grand Theft Auto.
Is it something you always wanted to do?
I wouldn’t say its something I wanted to do all my life. When I was kid I always wanted to be a famous rockstar, always on tour. It’s kind of similar lifestyles though, which is tight.
Superrradical is heavily influenced by graphics, where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from everything… From 2000’s rap to the hardcore music scene, to skate culture. I’d say 99% of the clothes I make are influenced directly from music.
How do you find time to balance working with A$AP Mob and designing the Superrradical collection?
Luckily I live with a few people from A$AP so I can get to work on both things, everyday, at anytime. I’d like to be producing more clothing but I’m content with the work lifestyle right now.
How would you describe your style?
I’d describe it as flee (laughs). Flee as in I’ll work some baggy pants from Gap with a Gucci velour sweatshirt. I’m all over the place with my style right now. I’m really into oversized clothes and brands like Polo Sport and Fila right now.
What’s the best spot in NYC?
The best spot in NYC is my secret Italian spot in Soho. I can’t even give the name out, it’s that good. I don’t want anyone to find out about it. Last time I ate there Michelle Obama was eating with the secret service.
What does music mean to you?
Music means a lot. It’s a part of my everyday life. I’m always listening to it, I live & work with talented musicians, I was even in a band for a little over a year. I love music and wouldn’t be anything close to who I am today without it.
And here‘s the one and only, the ultimate “feeling badass”-mixtape – exclusively curated by Mister Tyler Grosso:
By Caitlin Hennessy