“Blood” serves as the anthem to emerging Chicago collective – Pivot Gang. It’s main members, Saba, Joseph Chilliams, Frsh Waters and MfnMelo all rap on the track. It follows the traditional Pivot style with a soulful backing and deep, drill drums laid over it.
The track was released for the 2nd Annual John Walt Day – a day to honor the life of the deceased Pivot Gang member. The event is held by The John Walt Foundation, a nonprofit organization that dedicates their time to helping youth “build their artistic futures.”
John Walt was cousin to brothers, Saba and Joseph Chilliams, and “Blood” pays tribute to the familial foundation of Pivot Gang. “This Pivot shit realer than blood/ I’m sending the temperature up/…/ It’s Pivot Gang if it’s a dub, the rest of y’all pretty much suck” Saba raps in a hard-hitting hook.
In 2018, Saba has released a consistent string of music. In April he came out with his self-reflective sophomore album, CARE FOR ME, and since then has collaborated with other Chicago artists like Noname, Mick Jenkins and Xavier Omär. His newest track is a collaboration with IDK entitled “Beautiful Smile.”