Yung Gravy is a 24-year-old rapper and hip-hop music producer originally from Rochester, Minnesota. Gravy’s music blends trap music with themes attributed to the soul and oldies movements of the 1950s and 1960s. What exactly is it that makes him so popular amongst his listeners? How did Yung Gravy get famous?
Yung Gravy rose to fame in 2016 with his first EP containing some of his most well-known tracks: Mr. Clean, 1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot and Alley Oop. He used the sharing platform Soundcloud to distribute his music and completed a tour in 2017.
Gravy’s sudden stardom came as a surprise even to the rapper himself. Considering he wasn’t expecting to receive as much exposure as he has, it’s impressive that Gravy’s fanbase now consists of a whopping 250,000 SoundCloud users who follow his music. Let’s dive deeper into Yung Gravy’s fame.
Yung Gravy, also known by his real name Matthew Raymond Hauri, was born in March of 1996 in the family of two famous psychiatrists, Dr. Peter Hauri and Cindy Hauri. When Gravy was 16, his father sadly passed away. Gravy is the youngest of three siblings; two half-sisters and a half-brother.
He grew up in Rochester – the third-largest city in the county of Minnesota but later moved to Wisconsin for college, where he studied Marketing. In his final semester at the University of Wisconsin, Gravy attracted such a substantial fanbase, which meant he was raking in over $10,000 each month. Instead of dropping out of college to pursue his rapping career, Gravy stayed on and graduated from college, making his mother proud.
Yung Gravy’s Name Explained
In a 17 minute interview with Felli Fel, Yung Gravy revealed the real inspiration behind his name. It turns out his name choice was utterly spontaneous and didn’t take a lot of thought.
In the interview, he explains the lyrical genius idea he came up with when freestyling. The lyrics in the freestyle were: “Pull up, look wavy, pulling looking smooth, looking like Yung Gravy.”
It was just four years ago that Yung Gravy began his unpredictable rise to fame in the music industry with his self-recorded song Karen that he uploaded to SoundCloud, which generated an immense online buzz at the time.
By the end of 2017, Gravy had accumulated 67,000 followers on SoundCloud. Mr. Clean, a song Gravy’s well known for, has now attracted over 50 million views on YouTube, which means 49 million people have viewed it over the past two years. That’s truly extraordinary.
What’s Yung Gravy worth?
It’s safe to say that Yung Gravy is worth a little more than your average Joe, and to narrow it down, Gravy’s net worth is in the region of between 1 and 5 million USD as of 2019. His current salary is currently under review.
So, what’s Yung Gravy’s favorite part of being a star?
You might think all the attention and fame will have gotten to him, that he might be arrogant and disconnected from the world. But that’s not true! Gravy officially confirmed in an interview with Dj Booth that his favorite part about the job is meeting his fans and seeing all the lives he has touched with his blissful music.
Gravy’s fanbase is what he finds the most rewarding and honorable part of his career in the industry. In the interview, Gravy says: “I love going on tour and meeting hardcore fans […] Meeting fans and seeing an impact is my favorite part.”
What’s next for Yung Gravy?
Nobody can predict what’s next for this talented star, but one thing that looks probable is the possibility of his fanbase expanding even further. Eventually, he might even become a world-renowned artist in the songwriting industry. The power is in Yung Gravy’s hands on this one.