King Von, was an American rapper, and composer. In November 2020, one week after the release of his first official studio album, King Von was shot and died. He released two mixtapes while still alive.
With the release of his song “Crazy Story” on fellow rapper Lil Durk’s label Only the Family in late 2018, King Von first gained notoriety. After that, he issued the mixtapes “Grandson, Vol. 1” and “Levon James,” and in October 2020, he published his first studio album, “Welcome to O’Block.” After being shot many times during an incident in Atlanta, Georgia, King Von died the following week.
Walter and Taesha welcomed King Von, whose real name was Dayvon Daquan Bennett, into the world on August 9, 1994, in Chicago, Illinois. He has three siblings from his mother and six half-siblings from his father. Bennett’s mother reared him primarily because his father frequently served jail time. His father was shot and died when he was 11 years old.
Bennett’s first run-in with the law occurred when he was 16 years old, marking the beginning of a lengthy string of legal troubles. At South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois, he later acquired some college credits. Following additional legal issues, Bennett started pursuing a career in music and frequently worked with fellow rapper Lil Durk in an effort to try to change himself.
Breakthrough in Music with “Crazy Story”
Bennett joined Lil Durk’s record label Only the Family as a result of his collaborations with the rapper. He changed his name to King Von and later achieved success in the music industry with the release of his first single, “Crazy Story,” in December of 2018.
The song amassed millions of views on YouTube and peaked at numbers 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 32 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In May 2019, Von released “Crazy Story 2.0,” a follow-up single. The follow-up single is a remix of the first one and features Lil Durk. In September, “Crazy Story 3.0,” a new sequel or remix, was released.
Mixtapes “Grandson, Vol. 1,” Von’s first mixtape, was published in September 2019 and has all three versions of “Crazy Story.” Lil Durk and Booka600 both contributed to the mixtape, which peaked at number 53 on the Billboard 200.
Levon James, Von’s second mixtape, was released in March 2020 and included contributions from artists like G Herbo, YNW Melly, Tee Grizzley, Lil Durk, and Booka600. “Levon James,” Von’s most lucrative venture to date, peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200 and number 21 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
“What it Means to Be King” and “Welcome to O’Block”
“Welcome to O’Block,” Von’s debut studio album, was released in October 2020. Among others, Lil Durk, Polo G, Dreezy, and Prince Dre make guest appearances on the 16-track album. “Why He Told,” “How it Go,” “I Am What I Am,” “Gleesh Place,” “The Code,” and “All These Niggas” are among the singles on it.
After Von’s passing, “Welcome to O’Block” became his biggest hit album, peaking at number five on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The only studio record Von ever published was “Welcome to O’Block,” however in March 2022, a posthumous album called “What it Means to Be King” was released. The management group of Von issued the album.
King Von Net Worth
As of 2020, King Von’s net worth was about $0.75 million. He majorly earned through the selling of his albums and ad revenue paid by YouTube. He also generated a considerable amount through endorsement deals.
Asian Doll, a rapper from Dallas, Texas, and Von had an on-again, off-again romance for a while. In 2019, he made an appearance in the music video for her song “Grandson.” Von is said to have given birth to a male and two girls, while it is unknown who the children’s fathers are.
Von has a reputation for running into legal issues rather frequently. He was taken into custody and imprisoned in November 2012 for illegally possessing a handgun. A shooting in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood that left one person dead and two others injured led to his second arrest less than two years later.
Von was cleared of all allegations after witnesses declined to appear in court. In June 2019, Lil Durk and Von were detained in connection with a gunshot and robbery that occurred in Atlanta, Georgia. This was Von’s second legal run-in. Before being released on bonds, the two were incarcerated for a while.
Death and Legacy
Outside an Atlanta hookah lounge in November 2020, artist Quando Rondo‘s gang and Von and his group got into a fight. As the situation quickly got out of hand, shots were fired. Von was taken to the hospital in severe condition after being shot multiple times; he later died.
On Christmas Eve in 2020, Lil Durk released a tribute album called “The Voice” in Von’s memory. Von is featured on the album’s cover alongside Lil Durk and on the song “Still Trappin’.” Another memorial to Von was a mural that Chris Devins painted in Chicago.
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