Squeak — an artist, DJ and in-house producer for the Chicago-based rap collective Pivot Gang — has passed away. A representative for Pivot Gang confirmed the sad news to Pitchfork on Monday (Aug. 16). He was 26 years old.
As of Tuesday morning (Aug. 17), Squeak’s official cause of death has not been revealed. However, The Tribe reported that he passed away in a fatal shooting. Squeak, also known as SqueakPIVOT, was a staple producer in the Saba-led Pivot Gang, along with other in-house producers Daedae and Daoud.
According to Pitchfork, Squeak got his start engineering Pivot Gang’s recording sessions. Most recently, he and MFnMelo teamed up to release their collaborative EP, En Route, which arrived this June.
After news of Squeak’s death broke online, several fans, collaborators and fellow artists took to social media to pay tribute. On Twitter, Chance the Rapper wrote, “God bless squeak and every one that loves him. Great man.”
“Rest in power my boi [Squeak] smh,” Deante’ Hitchcock added.
During a 2017 interview with Elevator Magazine, Squeak explained how Crucial Conflict, Do or Die, Twista and other Chicago mainstays influenced his sound.
“I lowkey I realized I had a West Side sound when I was listening to old Twista tapes — I listened to the high-hats in his songs,” he told the outlet. “I started to realize all of his hits had a certain rhythm to them and it was just like something I studied and once I kind of perfected it I realized, ‘Ok, this is how people will know I’m from out West.’”
Squeak is survived by his daughter Zhuri and his brother Frsh Waters, who also is a member of Pivot Gang. We at REVOLT send our deepest condolences to Pivot Gang and Squeak’s family and friends at this time. See some online tributes to the late artist below.