5 Reasons Yung Gravy Is Essential Listening

5 Reasons Yung Gravy Is Essential Listening

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here's an artist that will get that gravy train flowing.

"Yung Gravy," "Lil Steamer," "Mr. Clean," "Mr. Butter," or "The Young Steve Harvey." Whatever you want to call him, the Wisconsin rapper has taken the internet by storm since he started releasing music in 2016. In an age of mindless mainstream mumble rappers (Lil Pump, Lil Yachty, and Desiigner to name a few), it's refreshing to have a creative voice making something different. Are his lyrics ridiculous? Yes. Is he saying anything thought-provoking? Hardly. What makes Yung Gravy so fun to listen to, however, is a goofy sense of humor and cleverness in sampling. So without further ado, everyone hop aboard the gravy train! Here's the top 5 reasons Yung Gravy is essential listening.

1. The food references.

As his name implies, Yung Gravy is all about that smooth, warm meat sauce that perfectly compliments turkey and mashed potatoes. He frequently pays his respect to the Thanksgiving staple with lyrics like "Bitch splash, gravy all over my cash," and "I'll steal your bitch in some crocks, all my gravy in stock" from his hit track "Splash Mountain." Of course, gravy isn't the only food item that gets love from the MC. "She made lasagna, I think it's Jane Fonda (Fonda); when the morning comes she makes breakfast burritos; heavy on la pica, she call me Suavecito," Gravy spits as he boasts about his experience with "yo momma" on his track "Apple Jacks." It's one thing to come up with clever sexual innuendos, but to do so with food items makes it more tasteful.

2. The sampling.

The producers that Gravy works with, including White Shinobi, Jason Rich, Dollie and Englewood, select some of the classiest vintage songs to sample and infuse them with catchy trap beats. A prime example of this is the White Shinobi produced hit "Mr. Clean," which heavily samples "Mr. Sandman" by The Chordettes.

3. The Thanksgiving music.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Yung Gravy is providing the Turkey Day tunes that we've been wanting since the holiday first came into existence in 1621. After all, why does Halloween and Christmas get to have all the fun? It's too early to be decking the halls! Gravy promotes the holiday by pouring the gravy and "giving the stuffing." One of Gravy's mixtapes is even appropriately named "Thanksgiving's Eve" making it the unofficial soundtrack for the holiday.

4. The interesting flow and vocal style.

Gravy does not sound like a boring, wack mumble rapper. He has a very smooth, laid back vocal style. A user on genius.com goes so far as to make a comparison to that of Frank Sinatra's, although it's a bit of stretch.

5. The music is light-hearted and funny.

Could Yung Gravy be classified as a meme rapper? Yes. He isn't pointing out flaws in America's infrastructure or society. He raps about some pretty random things, like "flexing on your mom," or having to get a flu shot because a girl's too cold. His music doesn't make a statement, but it makes people laugh. With all of the craziness going on in the world, sometimes, that's really all we can do.

This Thanksgiving, as you set the table, make the cranberry sauce and cook that tubby turkey, don't forget to set the mood by playing some Yung Gravy!

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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A poem for those struggling with who they were.


it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now

how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you

a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you

i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight

it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about

the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life

i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then

but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing

that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.

It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.

It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.

You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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