Tongue-in-cheek rapper Yung Gravy was born Matt Hauri in Rochester, Minnesota in 1996. While attending college in Madison, Wisconsin, Hauri began rapping for fun at parties and in other low-key social situations. After a time, however, he began to take music more seriously, gaining inspiration from the rise to fame he saw in rappers like Lil Yachty and Ugly God. In 2016, he quit his job and spent months self-recording his first songs, which resulted in the Mr. Clean EP that same year. His goofy, doo wop-sampling song "Mr. Clean" was used in a viral video that compiled footage of random street fights that found viewers more interested in the song than the video content. He followed up with his own video for the song in October of 2017 and it also went viral, racking up millions of views in months. That year saw plenty of new music from Yung Gravy, including three EPs — Thanksgiving's Eve, Young Gravity, and Baby Gravy, as well as singles like "1 Thot 2 Thot Red Thot Blue Thot" and "Boomin," all with his increasingly sillier signature lyrics and beats built on retro-sourced samples. His fame grew and early tours resulted in completely sold-out shows for legions of new fans.