King Von

Dayvon Daquan Bennett[1] (August 9, 1994 – November 6, 2020), known professionally as King Von, was an American rapper from Chicago. He was signed to Lil Durk's record label Only the Family and Empire Distribution.

King Von
King Von in 2019
King Von in 2019
Background information
Birth nameDayvon Daquan Bennett
Born(1994-08-09)August 9, 1994
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedNovember 6, 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 26)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active2018–2020
Labels
Associated actsOnly the Family

Early lifeEdit

Bennett was born on August 9, 1994, in Chicago, Illinois.[2] He had six half siblings from his father and three siblings from his mother, Taesha, who he was raised by. His father, Walter E. Bennett, known as Ada Park Silk, was in and out of his life due to his incarcerations. He was shot and killed when Von was 11. Von would pay tribute to his father in multiple songs, notably in the song "Exposing Me".[3]

At age 16, Von went to jail for the first time. This would only be the start of a long course of legal troubles for him. In 2014, he was accused of a shooting that killed one and wounded another. Von was eventually acquitted after a trial by jury. Subsequently, King Von took to rapping, collaborating with Lil Durk.

CareerEdit

After fellow rapper Lil Durk signed King Von to his Only the Family label, Von released his single "Crazy Story" on December 6, 2018,[4] and it became his breakout single.[5]

On Valentine's Day 2019, Von's girlfriend, rapper Asian Doll, released a music video for her track about the artist, "Grandson," in which Von appeared.[6]

In May 2019, "Crazy Story 2.0" featuring Lil Durk was released, and a subsequent music video was later released on May 20 of that month and peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[7][8] On September 13, 2019, a third rendition of the single called "Crazy Story Pt. 3" was released.[9] On July 9, 2019, Lil Durk and King Von released their collaborative single "Like That".[10] On September 2, 2019, Von released his single "What It's Like". The single then appeared on his album Grandson, Vol. 1.[11] On September 19, 2019, Von released his 15 track mixtape, Grandson, Vol. 1, featuring Lil Durk on a pair of tracks. The album debuted at number 75 on the Billboard 200 and number 27 on the Hip Hop/R&B albums chart.[12][13][14] On November 16, 2019, Von released his single "2 A.M".[15] On November 29, 2019, Von released his single "Rolling" featuring YNW Melly, accompanied with a music video.[16]

 
King Von in 2020

On January 10, 2020, Detroit rapper Sada Baby's single "Pressin" was released featuring King Von. On February 21, 2020, Von released "Took Her to the O", which went on to become one of his most popular songs. It was included on his mixtape, Levon James, released on March 6, 2020, which peaked at number 63 on the Billboard 200.[17] The album features verses from NLE Choppa, Tee Grizzley, G Herbo, Lil Durk, and YNW Melly, among others.[18] On April 29, 2020, King Von released his single "Grandson for President", which did well in popularity. He followed that up with a music video release for "Broke Opps", a song from Levon James. He then released another single, titled "Why He Told" on July 27, 2020, and followed that up with another popular single, "All These Niggas", featuring Chicago rapper Lil Durk, which garnered over 21 million views on YouTube. He then released another single, titled "How It Go", on August 26, 2020.

On October 9, 2020, King Von released "I Am What I Am", featuring New York rapper Fivio Foreign. This release was in anticipation of his debut studio album[17][19] Welcome to O'Block, released on October 30, 2020. The 16-track album features production Chopsquad DJ, Tay Keith, Wheezy and Hitmaka, among others. The album includes the Polo G collaboration "The Code", which was released with a music video.[19] On December 24, 2020, Lil Durk released his album The Voice as a tribute to King Von who also appears on the album cover and on the song, "Still Trappin'".[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Bennett had two children.[21]

Legal issuesEdit

On November 21, 2012, Bennett was arrested and booked into Cook County jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.[22]

On July 24, 2014, Von was arrested in connection with a shooting in May 2014, resulting in the death of Malcolm Stuckey and the injury of two other men. Von was charged with 1 count of murder and 2 counts of attempted murder. The shooting took place at 5700 South Lasalle Street in Englewood, Chicago.[23][24] After witnesses failed to testify, in 2017, all charges were dropped.[25]

In June 2019, King Von and Lil Durk were arrested in connection with a shooting in Atlanta. Von, along with his co-defendant Durk, appeared before a judge in a Fulton County courtroom for a probable cause hearing. Prosecutors claimed the two men robbed and shot a man outside a popular Atlanta drive-in on February 5, 2019.[26] After weeks in jail, the two rappers were released on $250,000 & $300,000 bonds, respectively.[27][28]

In July 2021, Chicago Police released documents revealing that Von fatally shot Gangster Disciples member Gakirah "K.I." Barnes in 2014.[29]

DeathEdit

On November 6, 2020, at around 2:15 am, Bennett was involved in an altercation with Quando Rondo in an Atlanta nightclub.[30] The dispute quickly escalated into gunfire, in which Bennett was shot multiple times.[31][32] He was subsequently transported to a hospital in critical condition and died there later that day; he was 26 years old.[30][33] The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported that three people were killed. Four people were wounded;[34] one of them was placed in police custody for the murder of King Von while being treated for a gunshot wound.[35] The suspect was identified as Timothy Leeks, known as Lul Timm, aged 22.[36][37] On November 14, 2020, King Von was buried in his hometown of Chicago.[38]

LegacyEdit

During the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, Bennett was included in the In Memoriam montage.[39]

An artist painted a mural for Bennett across the street from O Block, which caught public attention on his what would've been 27th birthday. A week later, police asked the artist to take it down.[40]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of albums, with selected details, and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[41]
US R&B/HH
[42]
US Indie
[43]
CAN
[44]
Welcome to O'Block[45] 5 3 1 12

Compilation albumsEdit

List of albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[41]
Only the Family Involved Vol.1
(with Only the Family)[46]
  • Released: July 31, 2018
  • Label: Only the Family
  • Format: Digital download
Only the Family Involved Vol.2
(with Only the Family)[47]
  • Released: December 21, 2018
  • Label: Only the Family
  • Format: Digital download
Family over Everything
(with Only the Family)[48]
  • Released: December 11, 2019
  • Label: Alamo, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
93
Loyal Bros
(with Only the Family)[49]
  • Released: March 5, 2021
  • Label: Only The Family, EMPIRE
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
12
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected details, and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[41]
US R&B/HH
[42]
US Indie
[43]
Grandson, Vol. 1
  • Released: September 21, 2019
  • Label: Only the Family, Empire
  • Format: LP, digital download, streaming
53 30 9
Levon James
  • Released: March 6, 2020
  • Label: Only the Family, Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
40 21 8

SinglesEdit

As a lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[50]
US R&B/HH
[51]
CAN
[52]
NZ
Hot

[53]
"Crazy Story" 2018 Grandson, Vol. 1
"Crazy Story 2.0"
(featuring Lil Durk)
2019 81 32
"Crazy Story Pt. 3"
"2 A.M" Levon James
"Rolling"
(featuring YNW Melly)
"Took Her to the O" 2020 47 14 56 18
"Why He Told" Welcome to O'Block
"All These Niggas"
(featuring Lil Durk)
77 31
"How It Go"
"I Am What I Am"
(featuring Fivio Foreign)
[A]
"Gleesh Place"
"The Code"
(featuring Polo G)
66 22 90
"Lurkin"[56]
(with Funkmaster Flex)
TBA
"Jump"
(with Lil Durk and Booka600 featuring Memo600)
2021 [B] Loyal Bros
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artistEdit

Title Year Album
"Like That"[57]
(Lil Durk featuring King Von)
2019 Love Songs 4 the Streets 2
"Pressin"
(Sada Baby featuring King Von)
2020 Skuba Sada 2 (Deluxe)
"Rose Gold"[58]
(PnB Rock featuring King Von)
2021 non-album single
"Nobody Move"
(Muwop featuring King Von)

Other charted songsEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[1]
"Armed & Dangerous" 2020 [C] Welcome to O'Block
"Demon" [D]
"Back Again"
(featuring Lil Durk and Prince Dre)
[E]
"Still Trappin'"
(with Lil Durk)
53 The Voice

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  1. ^ "I Am What I Am" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number eight on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[55]
  2. ^ "Jump" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[55]
  3. ^ "Armed & Dangerous" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[55]
  4. ^ "Demon" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[55]
  5. ^ "Back Again" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 11 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[55]