Over the past six months, the A$AP Mob has done nothing but continue to get stronger, building upon the recent success of each other's progress while continuing to make their own lanes. Although they do group themselves as a crew, each member is his own functioning branch, making a name for himself in his own ways.
Back in January, we introduced you to eight of the key players, and today, we're here to tell you about another, A$AP Ty Y. Ty Y, not to be confused with Ty Beats, has started a much more "Rides"-oriented youth movement called "Bike Life," grabbing our attention when we saw footage of him scraping the pavement on the highway, as he wheelied a risky dance with danger. Born Tyrone Walker, 22-year-old Ty has been involved in the motorcycle and four-wheeler culture since a youngin'. We sat down and got to know him a little better, discussing what the "Bike Life" entails, how he became involved in the A$AP Mob, and what his plans are for the future.
As told to Tony Markovich (@T_Marko)
Tell me a little bit of your background. What are you about?
I’m pretty much into bikes, fashion, music, and the whole culture of bringing the young talents back. I’m a cool dude, a very interesting person once you get to know me. I'm bringin' the new school back and letting the old people sit back.
How did you get into bikes?
Well, since before I could even ride a bike or even afford a bike, I was fascinated by it. I would watch it on TV ever since I was young. It started on pedal bikes since I was five or six, until I could finally put a motor on a bike. Then, it took off.
When did you first get a motorbike?
I bought my first motorbike when I was 14. Once I bought one, I just kept buying them and buying them and just got better. Repercussions come with broken ankles, cuts, and bruises, but that just comes with the territory.
Riding in the city is a lot different than in a more rural area. Do you strictly ride around in the streets or do you go upstate?
I definitely just ride in the streets. There is no upstate, unless you’re outside the five boroughs. You can’t ride in the boroughs, as we all know, but I guess I tend to break the law. Until they find a place for us to ride, the streets is my territory.
What is the “Bike Life?" What does that encompass?
Bike life is when you leave your issues at home, get on the road, and just ride and forget about things. I like to say I put on for my city and show the people what they wanna see. Anyone can get on a nice, expensive bike, but if you on one wheel and start doin' tricks it looks more interesting.
The bike life is trying to start something up and build an empire. It's somthing that we trying to bring more people to recognize and be more interested in and stop looking at it for the wrong reasons. Reasons besides not wearing a helmet or running lights. It's to show another side of the bike world, instead of just seeing it as people acting crazy in chaos, and running over people and running lights.
If you’re trying to show the other side of that, how do you think people are gonna see that when you’re doing things like riding into oncoming traffic or doing wheelies on the highway?
[Laughs] I mean, you gotta start somewhere.