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PIVOT’s John Walt Channels Chicago’s West Side With ‘Price On’

Words By Jake Krez

Chicago’s PIVOT Gang has been making noise for some time now. Led by Saba, the West Side collective has produced a sort of forward-leaning rap music that embodies the unique nature of their surroundings while finding a welcome lane unto itself amongst the packed local scene. The latest to emerge from the talented grouping is John Walt, a sort of new-age cross-over act that dropped off a new single “Price” off his upcoming project, Dinner with John.

Walt, not to be confused with the similar namesake from Tennessee, adds to a talented list of teasing tracks that have positioned his long-talked about opus one of the more exciting projects expected to hit throughout the impending summer months. The West side of Chicago is an interesting place to say the least; punctuated by slick ways of talking, dancing, rapping and everything else and Walt, the latest in a lineage that includes Do Or Die, Twista and Lupe Fiasco, channels a cross-section of each.

On “Price,” Walt proves marked growth as he nears a true radio-ready sound and does a good job following up on “Podium” with fellow midwest heavy hitter Trapo. It’s a come up track in all it’s glory, underlined by lines like “dodging those labels/swear I’ll never settle, swear I’m on the road like a barrel.” A couple years ago we wrote about Saba’s early inklings of later greatness, don’t miss out on another rising talent from the same area.

Jake Krez is a writer from Chicago doing what’s necessary. Follow him on Twitter, @JakeKrez.



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