Rapper Yung Gravy Debuts New Album: “Gasanova”

Emily Cox, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Sporting curly hair, gold chains and colorful “Pro 1973 Roe” shirt in support of protecting Roe v. Wade, Yung Gravy’s charisma and energy was palpable through the computer screen at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 30, ahead of the drop of his new album, “Gasanova.”

Fans, who Gravy refers to as his “Gravy Train,” should be excited about this new album release and his development as an artist. He cares a lot about his fans, reminiscing during the conference about a proposal that happened between two fans at one of his meet-and-greets.

The rapper, first made famous through his SoundCloud hits, “Whip A Tesla” and “Mr. Clean,” began freestyling with his friends in high school, but did not pursue music until late in his college career. As evident from his fun, upbeat tracks and laid-back attitude, Gravy is big on not taking himself too seriously.

In order to maintain his normal life as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gravy started his career anonymously. About two or three months before graduating, he revealed his face to the world, via a music video for his track “Mr. Clean,” which blew up on SoundCloud.

Since then, Yung Gravy signed with Republic Records in November and has continued to impress with hits that are both funny and impressive, featuring top-notch bars and beats. He explained how coming up in the SoundCloud rapper community gave him various connections and friends who became future collaborators.

Gravy made the most of his quarantine, writing the entirety of “Gasanova” in his newfound free time. When asked what three words Gravy would use to describe his album, he mention, “thumps,” “carefree” and “gas.”

“I think the confidence that [my music] helps give some people is one of my favorite parts,” he said.

He went on to describe what he wants for his listeners. He wants others enjoy what’s around them. 

“Just kind of being able to kick back and enjoy themselves and not stress about what’s going on on social media . . . there’s too much, like, judging people,” Gravy said, “and I think it’s dope to just go and feel like you can express yourself and be confident.”

Gravy named “Always Saucy” as his favorite track to make on the new album. It features verses by TrippyThaKid and Ski Mask The Slump God. Gravy discussed being excited about the track’s sample from the theme song of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” In the conference, he also teased future collaborations with Thundercat and Zack Fox.