King Von

King Von
Bennett in 2020
Bennett in 2020
Background information
Birth nameDayvon Daquan Bennett
Also known asVon, Grandson (Tha Goat)
Born(1994-08-09)August 9, 1994
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedNovember 6, 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 26)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active2018–2020
Associated acts

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

Early life

King Von was born Dayvon Daquan Bennett[3] on August 9, 1994 in Chicago.[4] He spent most of his life in Parkway Gardens, aka "O'Block" located at the corner of 64th and Martin Luther King Drive on the South Side of Chicago. He grew up as childhood friends with rapper Lil Durk, as well as fellow Parkway Gardens resident Chief Keef. He was known for his nickname "Grandson" which refers to David Barksdale, the founder of the Black Disciples which King Von was allegedly a member of. He got the name in jail when many people who knew David said that he reminded them of the gang leader in how he handles himself in the streets as well as his general demeanor.[citation needed]

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. After proving his innocence and beating the case, King Von took to rapping, collaborating with Lil Durk on singles. Lil Durk eventually signed him to his OTF (Only The Family) entertainment label.[5][6]


After fellow rapper Lil Durk signed King Von to his Only the Family label, Von released his single "Crazy Story" on December 6, 2018,[7] and it became his breakout single.[8]

On Valentine's Day 2019, Von's then-girlfriend, rapper Asian Doll, released a music video for her track about the artist, "Grandson," in which Von appeared.[9]

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.[10][11] On September 13, 2019, a third rendition of the single called "Crazy Story Pt. 3" was released.[12]

On July 9, 2019, Lil Durk and King Von released their collaborative single "Like That".[13] On September 2, 2019, Von released his single "What It's Like". The single then appeared on his album Grandson, Vol. 1.[14] 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 200and number 27 on the Hip Hop/R&B albums chart.[15][16][17] On November 16, 2019, Von released his single "2 A.M".[18] On November 29, 2019, Von released his single "Rolling" featuring YNW Melly, accompanied with a music video.[19]

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 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.[20] The album features verses from NLE Choppa, Polo G, Tee Grizzley, G Herbo, Lil Durk, and YNW Melly, among others.[21]

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 off 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 N***as", 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[20][22] 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.[22] Von explained the key difference between his Levon James mixtape and Welcome to O'Block: "If you're doing something and keep doing it, you're gonna get better results. Everything better. It is the one for real, I've been working hard.[20] Complex said the album sees Von "reflecting with an acute lyrical clarity on his rise and how newfound fame could impact his own life and the lives of his loved ones",[20] while Revolt noted of the drill album: "Often rapping about Chicago and his well-respected neighborhood, this album most certainly paints the vivid picture of his cinematic lyrics while portraying his stand-out cadences through each record".[2]

Legal issues

On November 21, 2012, Bennett was arrested and booked into Cook County jail for unlawful possession of a firearm.[23]

On July 24, 2014, Von was arrested in connection with a shooting in May 2014, resulting in the death of several men and the injury of two others. 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.[24][25] After witnesses failed to testify, all charges against King Von were dropped and towards the end of 2017 he walked free. Lil Durk has said in an interview with Von on the Breakfast Club that he pressed Von to become a rapper to stay out of any more trouble.

In June 2019, King Von and fellow Chicago rapper 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]


On November 6, 2020, King Von was involved in an altercation in a downtown Atlanta nightclub that took place around 3:20 a.m. between two groups of men,[27] one of them associated with rapper Quando Rondo.[28] The dispute quickly resulted in a shootout, which two police officers attempted to break up with additional gunfire.[29][30] Bennett was subsequently transported to a hospital in critical condition and died later that day.[28][31] The Georgia Bureau of Investigation initially reported that three people were killed, but an Atlanta police spokesman said that only two of them died. Four people were wounded;[32] one of them was placed in police custody for the murder of King Von. The suspect was identified as Timothy Leeks, aged 22.[33]


Studio albums

List of albums, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
US Indie
Welcome to O'Block[38] 13 9 3 29


List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Details Peak chart positions
US Indie
Grandson, Vol. 1
  • Released: September 20, 2019
  • Label: Only the Family, Empire
  • Format: LP, digital download, streaming
75 37 43
Levon James
  • Released: March 6, 2020
  • Label: Only the Family, Empire
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
63 36 10


As a lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US R&B/HH Bub.

"Crazy Story" 2018 Grandson, Vol. 1
"Crazy Story 2.0"
(featuring Lil Durk)
2019 4
"Crazy Story Pt. 3"
"No Flaws"
"2 A.M" Levon James
(featuring YNW Melly)
"Took Her To the O" 2020 18
"Why He Told" Welcome to O'Block
"All These Niggas"
(featuring Lil Durk)
"How It Go"
"I Am What I Am"
(featuring Fivio Foreign)
"Gleesh Place"
"The Code"
(featuring Polo G)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artist

Title Year Album
"Like That"[41]
(Lil Durk featuring King Von)
2019 Love Songs 4 the Streets 2
(Sada Baby featuring King Von)
2020 Skuba Sada 2 (Deluxe)

See also


  1. ^ "Drill rapper King Von's potent 'Crazy Story' gets a Lil Durk-assisted upgrade [405 Premiere]". The 405. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b DJ First Class (October 30, 2020). "King Von drops off new album 'Welcome To O'Block'". Revolt. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "Mugshot 177451002 - Dayvon Daquan Bennett Arrest - Fulton County, GA - Booked for Possession of Firearm During Commission of a Felony (VGCSA), Unlawful For Person Employed By/Associated With Crminal Street Gang To Conduct/Participate In Crimin, Aggravated Assault (shooting at), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder". May 18, 2019. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  4. ^ "Dayvon Bennett Mugshot 123203677 - Vonita Bennett Arrest - Cook County, IL". Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "OTF Signee King Von Dramatizes a "Crazy Story" in a Charismatic Video". Audible Treats. December 11, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "Drill rapper King Von's potent 'Crazy Story' gets a Lil Durk-assisted upgrade [405 Premiere]". The 405. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Crazy Story - Single by King Von".
  8. ^ "The Ones: King Von's "Crazy Story"". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Lil Durk Crazy Story 2.0 Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "King Von & Lil Durk Showcase the OTF Movement for "Crazy Story 2.0" Video". HYPEBEAST. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "OTF's King Von Returns With "Crazy Story Pt. 3"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Lil Durk announces new album, drops single "Like That" feat. King Von". The FADER. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  14. ^ "OTF's King Von Details The Reality Of The Streets On "What It's Like"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  15. ^ "King Von | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  16. ^, HipHopDX- (September 19, 2019). "King Von Shares "Grandson Vol. 1" Mixtape". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  17. ^ "Samantha Fish, King Von & Gashi Debut on Emerging Artists Chart". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "OTF's King Von Drops Off "2 AM"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  19. ^ "YNW Melly Joins King Von On New Song "Rolling"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  20. ^ a b c d Cowen, Trace William (October 30, 2020). "King Von Shares New Album 'Welcome To O'Block' f/ Lil Durk, Polo G, and More". Complex. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  21. ^ "Sada Baby & King Von Join Forces On "Pressin"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  22. ^ a b Grant, Shawn (October 30, 2020). "King Von Releases 'Welcome To O-Block' Project and New Video 'The Code'". The Source. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  23. ^ "Dayvon Bennett Mugshot 28941141 - Dayvon Bennett Arrest - Cook County, IL - Booked on 11/21/2012". Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  24. ^ "Second Man Charged With May Shooting That Killed Man, Wounded Two Others". July 24, 2014. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  25. ^ Chicago, Homicide Watch. "Dayvon Bennett charged with murder in Englewood shooting death of Malcolm Stuckey". Homicide Watch Chicago. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  26. ^ "Judge rules case against rappers Lil Durk, Von King can move forward". FOX 10 Phoenix. June 15, 2019. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  27. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (November 6, 2020). "King Von, Up-and-Coming Chicago Rapper, Shot and Killed in Atlanta". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  28. ^ a b "King Von Reportedly In Critical Condition After Shoot Out With Quando Rondo's Crew". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  29. ^ "Rapper King Von, 2 others, fatally shot in Atlanta". NBC News. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  30. ^ Blistein, Jon (November 6, 2020). "Rising Rapper King Von Dead at 26 After Shooting in Atlanta". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  31. ^ "Rapper King Von shot dead outside Atlanta nightclub". November 6, 2020.
  32. ^ CNN, Rebekah Riess and Steve Almasy. "Rapper King Von shot and killed outside Atlanta nightclub". CNN. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  33. ^ Miller, Joshua Rhett (November 9, 2020). "Suspect charged with murder in death of Chicago rapper King Von". New York Post. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  34. ^ a b "King Von Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  35. ^ a b "King Von Chart History: Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  36. ^ a b "King Von Chart History: Billboard Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  37. ^ "King Von Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  38. ^ ""Gleesh Place" 🎥 ..Welcome to OBlock the movie is Coming Soon.... 🔥🔥🔥 who Ready??🔥or 👎🏽..... " Drop video tonite !?". Retrieved September 17, 2020 – via Instagram.
  39. ^ "Hip Hop/R&B Songs Airplay Chart". Billboard. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  40. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  41. ^ Mendez, Marisa. "Lil Durk Announces New Album, Shares New Song "Like That" With King Von". XXL Mag. Retrieved February 11, 2020.


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