Who Is Yung Gravy? Meet Minnesota’s Worst Rapper Ever

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Last updated on August 3rd, 2023 at 07:40 am

A question people might be asking lately is, who is Yung Gravy? Well, he just might be the worst rapper ever. Seriously. Yung Gravy is bad. Like, really bad. Not only are his lyrics awful, but his live performances are an experience you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

People took to social media on January 28, 2023 in response to Yung Gravy’s less than stellar performance of his song “Betty (Get Money)” at the 2023 Winter X Games.

The awkward performance sparked a frenzy on social media with posts and comments pouring in.

Others made comments like…

“Proof anyone can make it in the USA.”
“Is this a real artist?”
“And the crowd went mild.”

As if the bright pink outfit Yung Gravy’s DJ, Tiiiiiiiiiip was wearing wasn’t bad enough, he decided to throw in some back up singing behind Gravy, which only added to the painful performance.

Nonetheless, it seems satirical rap has become an actual genre, and developed quite a fan base over the years.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a fan of nearly all genres, from blue grass to trap. I even appreciate Weird Al, the ultimate genre creator of satire music.

However, Yung Gravy isn’t rap music, and he isn’t comedy. It’s cringe, meme-music.

Now, lets get into some boring details about this hack job.

Why did Rick Astley Sue Yung Gravy?

Yung Gravy and his record label, Universal Music went through the proper clearance process to recreate the lyrics and music from Rick Astley’s 1987 hit, “Never Gunna Give You Up.”

However, this license does not allow Yung Gravy to sample, or mimic the exact sounds of the original recording.

Astley’s legal team argues that Yung Gravy’s featured vocalist, Popnick intentionally sang in a way that imitates Astley’s voice to the point where a listener cannot detect the difference between the original sound recording.

Several people worked on “Betty” including Dillon Francis, who is listed as the producer.

Does Yung Gravy actually like older women?

Yung Gravy has a reputation for being into older women; specifically moms. At the MTV Music Video awards, his relationship with Addison Rae’s mother, Sheri Easterling, went public when he planted a kiss on her mouth on live television.

Easterling was 42 years old at the time, while Yung Gravy was 26.

Early Life

Yung Gravy’s real name is Matthew Raymond Hauri. He was born on March 19, 1996. The Rochester native attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in marketing. 

While attending college, he began rapping for fun, eventually publishing his music on Soundcloud. 

Some of his inspirations include fellow Soundcloud rappers Lil Yachty and Lil Peep. 

In 2016, he quit his job and dedicated himself to making music, spending months self-recording songs.


The American rapper’s style is modern trap music inspired by soul and oldies from the 50s and 60s and soul and funk from the 70s and 80s.

His biggest inspirations include OutKast, Three 6 Mafia, Smokey Robinson, and The Blackbyrds. 

Musical Career

Before establishing himself as Yung Gravy, Hauri went through several name changes, such as Lil Steamer and Yung Gravity. 

His first EP, Mr. Clean, was self-released on September 8, 2016, via Republic Records.

A few months later, Hauri released his only Mixtape titled Thanksgiving Eve. Following three more EPs, the songwriter released his first studio album, Sensational, in 2019. 

Since then, he has released two more studio albums and three more EPS, the latter all released in 2021. 

Aside from his chart topping Rick Astley rip off, one of Yung Gravy’s other more popular songs is “iunno” (with bbno$) off his third EP, Baby Gravy

He has also gained recognition for his songs “Mr. Clean” and “1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot,” both RIAA certified Platinum. 

What do you think of Yung Gravy? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Joey Reams


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