J.P.’s Milwaukee Lowend Anthem “Unhealthy Bitty” Is the Catchiest Track Wherever Proper Now


What’s so refreshing about “Unhealthy Bitty,” and the Milwaukee lowend wave on the whole, is that it’s low-stakes, low-budget, excessive comedy dance rap. The motion has rather a lot in frequent with a few of the biggest regional dance rap—from Atlanta to Dallas to the Bay Space—with artists cranking out anthems that appeared like they had been made to soundtrack native home events and warm-weather park afternoons after which took on a lifetime of their very own. The uptempo subgenre is distinguished by how closely rooted it’s in particular, hyperlocal Milwaukee sounds of the previous; for example, you may hear Ray Nitti’s emphatic enunciation of “Bow” in his 2009 regional hit of the identical title and the lighthearted temper of early 2010s Bankhead and Munch Lauren in “Unhealthy Bitty.”

A part of why “Unhealthy Bitty,” specifically, doesn’t sound extremely professionalized is that J.P. isn’t even a full-time rapper: He’s a university sophomore on the College of Wisconsin–Stevens Level, the place he majors in music efficiency and averages about 12 minutes an evening at ahead on the basketball workforce. (After watching a number of highlights, I’d examine his undersized massive man recreation to that of beloved journeyman Montrezl Harrell.) In his spare time, he makes comedic movies and music, like 2022’s blown-out “Juicey Ahhh” and final 12 months’s Dora-sampling “Get Down.” Neither, nevertheless, are wherever close to nearly as good as “Unhealthy Bitty,” as a result of they’re extra comedy-rap than rap charged up with comedy.

“Unhealthy Bitty” is enjoyable, but it surely’s nonetheless an actual tune. It needs to make you dance. It needs to make you fantasize about these dumbass nights out that you just and your folks will discuss eternally. As of late, it’s really easy to come back throughout music that’s blemish-free, that’s extra a show of deep pockets than any form of creativity, that’s made precisely within the mildew of what you already like. Compared, the unpolished, unseriousness of “Unhealthy Bitty” feels prefer it’s from a distinct planet. It may be caught in my head nevertheless lengthy it must be.

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