Hip hop is filled with underground acts. While the mainstream crowd may not be aware of the presence of these underground artists, many have been grinding for years, dropping projects and performing around the nation. In fact, there are many underground acts who have been able to make a living off of rap, though their names aren’t on the lips of casual hip-hop fans. One of these artists is Jesse Is Heavyweight, hailing from the South Oak Cliff section of Dallas, TX. Jesse has been able to garner successes that many artists would kill for, like hundreds of thousands of album sales and YouTube views, a slew of mixtape downloads and headlining performances at some of the nation’s most popping venues. Jesse is celebrating the release of his latest album, Gravy Train: An American Success Story, through his Heavyweight Entertainment imprint. On the Gravy Train, listeners are taken through a sonic journey with sounds akin to the popular trap music of the day as well as the classic sounds of hip-hop in the past. The main point conveyed: get yours, but do it in an honorable way. We caught up with Jesse Is Heavyweight to shed a little light on his newest release:
What Is the Gravy Train?
I’m from Dallas, TX, and down south, people say “gravy,.” Like, gravy means good, but even better than good, ’cause it means you eating. Trains are constantly taking people where they need to go, so I wanted an album title that represents forward progression, and I think “Gravy Train” fit perfectly. Once I began the recording process for this album, the “American Success Story” part of the title presented itself. You see so many people trying to be successful the best ways they know how, and I felt like I should chronicle my own success story.