Who is Yung Gravy and Why are Missoulians Talking About Him?
We were waiting in a line today as I casually scrolled through my email and mentioned that Yung Gravy was booked for the Wilma. My teenager immediately began texting his friends, who were thrilled to hear the news. And then the requests started coming in from around town, you know, from the people who didn't have anything to say during the pandemic but now they want to be best friends and see if maybe we have some tickets to spare. That's when I realized that Yung Gravy is a much bigger deal than I initially thought.
Yung Gravy is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer out of Minnesota. In 2018, 'Cougar' EP "yielded a pair of gold-selling bangers" — “Mr. Clean” and “1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot." When he was in college, he was inspired by Lil Yachty and Lil Peep to pursue is rapping career on SoundCloud. When you listen to Yung Gravy's music, especially the satirical stuff, you can tell that he's got a great sense of humor and doesn't take himself too seriously, I think that's what really endears him to his fans.
Rewinding to the beginning, he hit his stride in 2016. Inspired by everyone from OutKast, Nate Dogg, Curren$y, and Action Bronson to Patrice Rushen and The Blackbyrds, Gravy took to SoundCloud to begin releasing music. The first song he uploaded, “Karen”, quickly garnished new fans and stirred a palpable buzz online. His first independent EP, Mr. Clean, went viral on the strength of “Continental Breakfast” on SoundCloud. Sandwiching a sample of The Chordettes’ “Mr. Sandman” between racy and raw rhymes, the title track “Mr. Clean” popped off and paved the way towards literal gold as well Thanksgiving’s Eve, Yung Gravity EP, and Baby Gravy EP.
Yung Gravy's "Back in Business Tour" is scheduled to make a stop at the Wilma on Thursday, November 4th. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 day of show, get yours online or by calling (800) 514-3849.