Rapper and dancer Unghetto Mathieu arrived in the late 2010s as a member of Team NueEra, and as a solo artist has been part of a wave of artists dubbed "happy trap." Applying a light-hearted and singsongy spin on trap music -- a style characterized by grim underpinnings -- Mathieu released his first commercial solo tracks in 2017, and the following year made strides with collaborative singles featuring contemporaries Lil Yachty ("23") and Ugly God ("Been Thru").
Born Mathieu Mayumba, the Covington, Georgia native known as Unghetto Mathieu entered the industry as a dancer. He performed with Team NueEra (aka NueEra Boyz), a dance crew that eventually diversified by making music, and he appeared in videos by Young Thug and Gucci Mane. Mathieu's first commercially issued tracks, including "Gang Up," "Yeah" (featuring Fly Ty), and "Colors" (featuring brother King Imprint and SpiteLee), appeared in 2017. By the end of that year, he had signed with Priority Records, and in 2018 continued to gather steam with "23," on which he was joined by Lil Yachty, and "Been Thru," a joint effort with Ugly God. "Ocean Blue," recorded with EK, followed in 2019. ~ Andy Kellman