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Yung Gravy - “Marvelous” Album Review

Story posted November 4, 2022 in Arts & Entertainment by Cassie Baylis.

Yung Gravy released his album, “Marvelous,” on Oct. 28 with 15 tracks on the album. The new album has proven to be just as the title describes: marvelous.

Previous albums released by Yung Gravy are “Snow Cougar” (2018), “Sensational” (2019) and “Gasanova” (2020). His albums are reflective of modern trap music.

Gravy's staple in his music production is combining old and new music styles, and he does it well. His focus on the instrumentation of each song results in great, catchy music.

The most popular songs in Gravy’s past include samples of well-known songs from the 1950s-1980s. For instance, his song “Mr. Clean” (2018) includes a sample from “Mr. Sandman” by The Chordettes.

Most of the tracks on “Marvelous” are revealing of Gravy’s sound as he moves between a combination of old samples and new beats on each track. Of course, the tracks also contain his classic use of creative lyrics.

“Betty (Get Money)” was released as a single in June to pave the way for “Marvelous.” The song utilizes the classic “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley as a sample in it.

With the use of this sample, Yung Gravy fans should have predicted the album to follow would be as well-done as the single.

In the four months it has been out, “Betty (Get Money)” has climbed to the top of Gravy’s most popular songs with 137,546,843 streams on Spotify, and has gained a lot of popularity on social media.

It could be said Yung Gravy is becoming more mainstream as his career moves forward, providing more opportunities to work with other artists.

Gravy’s collaboration with other artists on the “Marvelous” album compliments the tracks, making each one unique in quality.

“C’est La Vie,” features bbno$ and Rich Brian, adding an upbeat moment on the album. These artists create a fun vibe with both the beats and matching Gravy’s energy with their lyrics.

Yung Gravy and bbno$’s collaboration is not new, as the two artists came out with their 2020 album “Baby Gravy 2.” They will also be touring together in the United States starting this November.

Some other notable features on Gravy’s new album are T-Pain, IshDARR and Dillion Francis. Yung Gravy is able to individualize each song with these featured artists, and it does not take away from the overall flow of the album.

However, not all cases of collaboration on “Marvelous” were notable in a great way nor did they work well. “Stepping On The Beat,” featuring TrippyThaKid, is an outlier on the album. It seems out of place from the rest of the tracks presented on the album.

The other songs flow together. They all contain a consistent theme and rhythm, but “Stepping On The Beat” does not fit well in this mix of well-produced music.

All in all, Yung Gravy’s “Marvelous” will leave listeners feeling satisfied with the release. The album combines Gravy’s use of great samples with his unique lyrics.

With the exception of a song or two, the album succeeded in creating great tracks for fans to listen to often.

As he moves forward in his career, there is hope Yung Gravy will continue to stay true to his original sound even if his music becomes more mainstream.

Rating: 8/10

Reviewer’s Favorite Songs: “Betty (Get Money),” “C’est La Vie,” “Hot Tub”

Reviewer’s Least Favorite Songs: “bussin!,” “Stepping On The Beat”


Cassie Baylis is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email ceb6085@psu.edu.