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.
God bless squeak and every one that loves him Great man— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) August 17, 2021
Squeak literally DJ’d my first solo event! He reached out to me and saw my flyer had no DJ and you reached out to me 2 days before and told me he’d do it. That meant the world to me I’m so sorry man I can’t believe this pic.twitter.com/HkDrSNY7lQ— blacks only (@ho3micidee) August 17, 2021
Rest in power Squeak.— Thelonious Martin (@KingThelonious) August 17, 2021
Love to all of Pivot Gang.
PIVOT is really just an amazing group of talented, energetic, artistic, kind souls. Chicago, keep them and their families and friends in your prayers. RIP Squeak.— Niki F (@niki_teaches) August 17, 2021
Rest In Peace Squeak. Truly unbelievable. My heart goes out to PIVOT and anyone grieving right now. pic.twitter.com/HaOBb6MLQC— msalisbu.eth (@msalisbu) August 17, 2021
RIP Squeak Pivot. One of the kindest souls I’ve ever come across in this lifetime. I’m heartbroken man.— Sylvan (@SylvanLacue) August 17, 2021
I'm in disbelief. Rest in Peace Squeak.— Leor Galil (@imLeor) August 17, 2021
It was a joy to be in your presence and to witness you hold crowds in the palm of your hand. You made living here a treat. Love to all of Pivot.
EVERY TIME I WAS IN THE PRESENCE OF SQUEAK IT WAS ALL LOVE— WHAT THE FRICK GUYS? (@ShowYouSuck) August 17, 2021
Pivot has always been the most genuine group of artist/people in Chicago. Squeak was the epitome of that, i’ll truly miss folks. I’m sending so much love to the whole Westside n all of Pivot n friends. Love ya’ll.— NaomiOsakaStanAcc (@LoriLieFoot) August 17, 2021
Rest in Power Squeak. This is so unimaginably tragic. Sending love to the PIVOT family and to everyone who had the honor of knowing & loving him ❤️— Eryn Allen Kane (@ErynAllenKane) August 17, 2021