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‘Sensational’ beats: Yung Gravy tours after releasing first full-length album

Yung Gravy is touring in support of his first album, “Sensational,” released on May 31. (Courtesy of Piper Ferguson)

It’s another day, and Yung Gravy is chilling.

With two days off in Atlanta, he’s taking advantage of not having to be anywhere at a specific time.

“These are the first two days I’ve had of in months,” he says in a recent interview. “We’ve had a crazy schedule. We’re doing 42 shows in, like, 55 days. It’s pretty heavy, and its difficult, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Yung Gravy, who was born Matthew Hauri, has made his name in music with his work in rap and songwriting.

His best-known work is his 2016 single “Mr. Clean.”

He has had other hits, including “1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot” and his 2018 single “Alley Oop,” featuring Lil Baby.

He has also released four EPs and one mixtape.

On May 31, he released his debut full-length album, “Sensational.” He will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Sunshine Theater.

The journey to “Sensational” has been filled with plenty of false starts, mostly for Yung Gravy to get it right.

“There are some singles on the album that I’ve been trying to put out for a while,” he says. ” ‘Magic’ and ‘Gravy Train’ have been around for, like, two years. I had a problem with one song because Perry Como’s estate had some problems with it. It worked itself out, and we’re moving forward.”

Yung Gravy began working on “Sensational” last fall.

Before heading into the studio, he had to whittle down the number of beats he was taking into the studio.

“I got it down to like 80 beats,” he says. “I put all the ideas together and began to narrow it down. I put a lot of time into vocals, and that’s one annoying thing that I do. Since I’m afraid of someone messing up something, I’ll record it 10 times and then blend it together.”

Yung Gravy also considers himself a perfectionist – which is why releasing music takes him a lot of time.

“It’s hard for me to really like something immediately,” he says. “But when I run with it, it’s full force. I want the whole process to be fun for me, because I have to bring that to the stage.”

Yung Gravy puts a lot of his effort into the live show.

He performed a few years ago at New Mexico State University and the show at Sunshine Theater will be his first time performing in Albuquerque.

“My set is a blend of my catalog,” he says. “There is a cinematic progression in the show. It matches the album. I can’t wait to get to Albuquerque and perform. I’ve heard so much about the city, and you all have embraced me.”


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