Rapper King Von’s Rise before and after His Death
King Von, real name Dayvon Daquan Bennett, was honed by the streets of Chicago and scorned by the same.
That's why he moved to Atlanta, where he made it to the upper echelons of one of the grandest hip-hop scenes in the US, if not the world.
However, the 'Took Her To The O' rapper had one too many active feuds out in the streets, even in Atlanta.
He ended up dead after a fight broke out between two groups in the Monaco Hookah Lounge parking lot on Trinity Avenue back in November 2020.
The altercation was between Quando Rondo and King Von's respective crews.
Still, fame followed the 'I Am What I Am' rapper.
Becoming King Von
King Von built on the post-drill landscape after stars like G Herbo, Chief Keef, and King Louie had set the stage.
Still, intent on carving out a stylistic niche for himself, the rapper made a name for himself with his narrative rhymes and dead-eye nihilism with just the right dose of humor and empathy.
King Von's songs reflect the hearth of hardcore street life whilst voicing the desire to leave the gangster mindset behind.
While he was already an established rapper back home, he couldn't stay. So he had to move to Atlanta.
He once told Passion of the Weiss that he loved it in Atlanta. He lived a life of luxury, without problems, and amongst rappers. However, he was quick to note,
I like Chicago better though because I have my people out there, but the police know me too well in Chicago and there are people that don't like me.
That's the reason why he celebrated his career success by making his way back home to Parkway Gardens neighborhood in Chicago with wads of cash and handing them out to families and kids in need.
Rapper King Von Dead
Immediately after his death, the rapper lit up Twitter. Rumors ran wild.
Rumors had it that the rapper, along with two others who were fatally wounded on the scene of the crime, was actually shot by APD officers.
The voices on the internet were so loud that the APD had to speak up to calm things down.
Their statement to NPR read,
King Von was shot and killed during this morning's shooting and we are seeing rumors being spread, indicating he was shot and killed by APD officers. At this time, our investigators believe Mr. Bennett was shot during the initial shootout between the two groups of males, prior to police responding and attempting to stop the shooting. Additionally, Mr. Bennett was not located at the scene, but arrived at a hospital shortly after the shooting, via private vehicle. The investigation into this incident remains open and very active.
Later, the police apprehended their prime suspect, who was being treated for gunshot wounds at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.
XXL reported that rapper Timothy "Lul Timm" Leeks was charged with the murder of King Von.
"The homicide of Bennett is closed with this arrest," the APD wrote in another statement.
King Von's Posthumous Fame
The rapper's death came just a week after his debut studio album Welcome to O'Block hit the scene.
As far as debut albums go, this one opened at a respectable No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart, as per The New York Times.
After the rapper was dead, the name King Von spread through social platforms like wildfire.
By week 2 of release, Welcome to O'Block leaped to No. 5.