King Von operated in the post-drill landscape of Chicago rap music, drawing influence from first generation stars like G Herbo and Chief Keef but carving his own niche within the genre. His songs combined narrative storytelling with humor and empathy in their delivery.
Lil Durk’s Only the Family/EMPIRE label and Von’s estate released his second posthumous album this week; Grandson Vol. 1, named for Von’s debut mixtape.
He was a member of the Black Disciples
King Von, real name Dayvon Bennett, emerged from Chicago’s O’Block neighborhood to become a promising rapper. However, his rise coincided with serious criminal issues; he affiliated with Black Disciples street gang and signed to OTF Records along with fellow Chicago rapper Lil Durk before engaging in numerous gun battles on Chicago streets.
The Black Disciples have engaged in an open war with Gangster Disciples offshoot faction Tooka. According to an affidavit provided by Fly Boy Gang member and affiliate Carlton Weekly of the Black Disciples, members of Tooka GD faction have been taunted with words such as “nasty,” “stupid,” and “low class.”
King Von became close with Marco from CMB and Wooski from 051 Young Money during his prison sentence; even acting as their lawyer. Subsequently, they reformed and started Family Over Everything company together; King Von is featured on their albums Grandson Vol 1 and Love Songs 4 The Streets 2. Additionally, he made guest appearances on several projects from Lil Durk.
He was a drill rapper
Dayvon Bennett, better known by his stage name King Von, quickly rose to prominence within Chicago’s growing hip hop scene. His fluid storytelling style captured the attention of MC Lil Durk who signed him to Only the Family label; shortly thereafter his debut official album Welcome to O’Block was released just one week before his tragic death outside an Atlanta nightclub.
He belonged to a younger generation of Chicago artists who sought to reinvent drill’s austere aesthetic, indebted to first-generation stars like G Herbo and Chief Keef but eager to create their own stylistic signatures. His songs featured narrative themes with harsh nihilism softened by compassion and humor.
King von autopsy was shot outside an Atlanta nightclub on November 6, 2020 – one of sixteen rappers who were killed due to violence last year. This death deeply saddened both the music industry and community alike; yet his legacy lives on through his music, which continues to dominate charts today.
He was a master storyteller
King Von was one of the greatest rappers of his time and one of its finest storytellers. Using vibrant and poignant lyrics, his lyrics told gripping tales about real-life situations in Chicago’s O-Block neighborhood – making him one of the finest rappers ever seen on stage. He was an absolute natural talent who left an indelible mark upon hip-hop.
Though his life was short, 26-year-old emcee Jay E had much to contribute. His first project Welcome to O-Block gave a cinematic account of his origin story while also providing insight into neighborhood life and trauma caused by criminal justice systems.
“Crazy Story” emcee Max Maximal showcased his storytelling abilities across three critically-acclaimed projects. Additionally, he made appearances on two of Lil Durk’s albums (Grandson Vol. 1 and Levon James). Thanks to his hustle and effective business management practices, Levon James star Track owns all masters and royalties that may result in their financial security in the wake of his passing away.
He was a fearless rapper
King Von was an innovative rapper renowned for using music to tell street tales. His experiences growing up in Chicago’s O Block neighborhood greatly shaped his sound, helping him gain prominence within the drill rap scene.
After signing with Lil Durk’s Only the Family label, he released several mixtapes that demonstrated his storytelling talents. Early single “Problems” gained some traction; however, “Crazy Story”, his captivating narrative about an attempted robbery-turned-shootout that brought wider acclaim was what really put him on the map.
Von’s final release addressed the dangers of violence in his community and how success could serve as a form of revenge, encouraging listeners to set goals and strive for greatness. It reflected his desire to make a change, while its lyrics showed his courage against his own gang – showing not only rapping skills but also basketball prowess at an elite level.