TAMPA — Matt Hauri, better known as rapper Yung Gravy, woke up one morning last month to a flurry of texts from his friends, who sent him screenshots of the Lightning’s newly revealed Stanley Cup championship rings.
Along the base of the ring, the words “Gravy Train” were inscribed, recognizing the rapper’s popular song that became the Lightning’s locker room victory anthem on their way to the Cup.
“Oh, man, I woke up and I had a ton of texts and it was like all people who were hockey fans, I was like, ‘I wonder what’s going on here,’” Hauri said. “It blew my mind. I mean I’d love to get my hands on one of those. That’s got to be one of the coolest things to happen to me.”
Before the Lightning’s first-round playoff Game 4 at Amalie Arena, Hauri performed a 20-minute concert in Thunder Alley, finishing his short set with a live performance of Gravy Train. He wore a blue Lightning jersey with the name “Gravy” on the back before changing into a black alternate Lightning jersey that had a G where the captain patch goes.
Last season, Hauri visited a Lightning practice when the team was playing their global series games in Sweden. Hauri was coincidently on tour there.
“Having that love is awesome, man,” he said. “I’m from Minnesota so I grew up as a hockey kid, but it’s crazy to find a team that showed that much love and one as dope as the Lightning.”
Gravy also has a song entitled Tampa Bay Bustdown, but hadn’t been to the area before doing a show at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg in October 2019.
“That show (is) one of the best shows I’ve ever done,” he said. “I love that show. It was sick.”
He said performing outside Amalie Arena before Saturday’s game was a new highlight.
“This is awesome, man,” Hauri said. “Since coronavirus kind of died down, I’ve only like done like three or four shows. And this is obviously one of the best so far even though it was short. I loved it.”
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