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.