Charlotte Vs. The World!
Tyler Grosso is from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina and has been an inspiration to me for a few good years. Grosso received a job offer from the late legend A$AP Yams, founder of the Harlem hip-hop collective A$AP Mob through a Facebook messege. Grosso dropped everything and moved to New York City in 2012 with a few hundred dollars in his pocket. Such a spontaneous move for Tyler, but we all know that it paid off in the long run. For over 3 years, Tyler worked closely with members of the Mob, learning from icons such as A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. Grosso was much more than Yam’s assistant. He was Yam’s right hand man, his best friend. And Yams was much more than Tyler’s boss. He was a mentor to him.
Lil Peep for Superrradical
After Yam’s untimely death in January of 2015, Tyler parted ways with the Mob to pursue his own streetwear brand Superrradical. The minimalism and griminess of each graphic and wide color pallet has propelled Tyler’s clothing brand to have a cult-like following with releases/drops selling out within the first few hours. The best thing about Superrradical is that is truly genuine. Tyler explains in a Billboard interview that Superrradical is “a mood board of my emotions, what I love and what I hate, how I feel, everything. Every collection and every article of clothing I do is a representation of what I’m currently feeling.” That is a beautiful thing. I believe that is why many gravitate towards Tyler and his work. He’s not afraid of displaying his true emotion. He shows his fans all sides of him.
With Tyler releasing a red, white, and blue tie-dye t-shirt with his iconic Bart Simpson graphic for Independence Day, fans have been clamoring to acquire the coveted piece. It’s been less than 24 hours and it’s already gone. Love to see a Charlotte native succeed. We’re all rooting for you Tyler!