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How J.P. is turning a viral moment into an even catchier career

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J.P. is a musical performance major, D3 basketball player, and Billboard-charting rapper who prays every morning, although his songs frequently focus on how quickly he can “make a bitty hit her knees.” Another artist might play up these contrasts to highlight how different they are from their peers.

Not so for 20-year-old Josiah Gillie, who’s always emphatically himself no matter which hat he’s wearing. On the bench or on the court, backstage or on stage — he’s J.P. “It’s not a facade or something that I got to put on,” J.P.

says on a video call. “I know a lot of YouTubers, a lot of streamers, when they off the camera, they’re a completely different person.

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