Chicago, IL – Chicago Hip Hop artist Squeak, DJ and in-house producer for the Saba-fronted Pivot Gang, has reportedly passed away.
According to Pitchfork, who confirmed the news with a Pivot Gang representative, Squeak was 26 at the time of his death but no cause has been revealed.
Squeak (often stylized as squeakPIVOT) produced music alongside fellow Pivot Gang production team members Daedae and Daoud.
His passing has evoked hundreds of social media tributes from numerous Chicago artists and fans alike, including Chance The Rapper who tweeted, “God bless squeak and every one that loves him Great him.”
In a 2017 interview with Elevator magazine, Squeak talked about how he initially got into making music, explaining, “I had just gotten out of high school, and I just started getting in trouble and ended up on house arrest. So my brother FRSH Waters was just like ‘Aye bro, just go down the street and fuck with gang.’
“So, I just started taking them to the studio. I was literally taking them to the studio. I just felt like I needed to do something. I always knew I was gonna do something I just never knew what.”
Pivot Gang was formed in 2012 by brothers Saba and Joseph Chilliams, their cousin John Walt and high school friend MFnMelo. In 2019, they dropped their debut studio album, You Can’t Sit With Us, and followed up with the Two Piece Tour Pack EP.
Squeak and MFnMelo released a collaborative EP called En Route in May. HipHopDX sends our condolences to all of Squeak’s loved ones.