King von, also known as Crazy Story rapper and Chicago native, left many unanswered questions after his untimely passing in January 2019. Born into difficult circumstances but rising through the ranks to become one of hip hop music’s most promising young artists.
Rumors surrounding Von’s death revolve around an alleged dispute with NBA Youngboy, an Atlanta rapper who subliminally dissed Von on his January mixtape Colors.
About the Artist
King Von was born and raised by his grandmother in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up in an impoverished neighborhood he made the switch from amateur musician to professional rapper soon after graduating high school – and quickly earned recognition for his cinematic raps with catchy cadences.
He emerged in the post-drill landscape of Chicago rap, indebted to first generation stars like G Herbo and Chief Keef, yet determined to develop his own stylistic aesthetic within the genre. His songs feature narrative structures tempered by empathy and humor for an indelible experience.
On November 6, 2020, DJ Akademiks was shot and killed outside an Atlanta nightclub following a dispute between two groups that escalated into gunfire. At 26 at the time of his death, he left behind his young daughter and an impressive legacy – many artists including DJ Akademiks were quick to pay their respects following the news of his passing; his funeral took place approximately one week after his demise; one of three people killed in that shooting incident.
Stream Welcome to O’Block
King von autopsy is one of hip hop’s most captivating storytellers, possessing both an artist’s eye for detail and playwright’s sense of drama in his storytelling ability. His powerful delivery earned him a Gold-certified single called “Crazy Story,” landing him a spot on Lil Durk’s Grandson Vol. 1 mixtape and receiving co-sign from his label, Columbia Records. Now readying the release of Welcome to O-Block as his full-length debut.
ChopsquadDJ produced almost entirely of this album, expertly mixing modern trap and drill for an unforgettable listening experience. “GTA” and “Mine Too,” amongst others, create powerful opening moments further enhanced by the drumming trap drums.
King Von is actively engaged in community service projects outside of his rapping. Currently promoting the O Block Project — an initiative to reduce crime along with increased employment and affordable housing in an area — while working alongside Chicago police to enhance public safety across Chicago.
Listen to Crazy Story
Crazy Story is an emotive narrative about a young man being tricked into participating in an illegal heist and then shot by someone he thought to be his friend, which rarely surfaces in hip hop music. It provides a dark yet gritty look at crime and violence rarely discussed within this genre, acting as an important warning about making hasty decisions or allowing anger take control.
King Von has earned himself an avid local following with his gripping drill narratives, but his new mixtape Grandson gives us more insights into his family life and struggle for fame as an artist. Featuring guest appearances by Lil Durk and Booka600 – it offers a fascinating portrait of an emerging rapper.
“Crazy Story Pt. 3,” an infectious hit that has received over 21 million YouTube views, tells the tale of a young man caught up in a scam and his subsequent desire for revenge against those responsible. This narrative recalls the work of Chicago artists such as Chief Keef.
Watch the Video for “Crazy Story”
King Von had much to say after the release of his debut mixtape, Levon James. On his track “Crazy Story,” he recounts some of his own experiences gangbanging and its associated violence.
Polo G has created an unsettling visual for this song, as King Von and his cohorts capture enemies using computer programs. Furthermore, this clip contains a sinister piano loop and bass basslines that will leave your spine tingling.
King Von was an iconic hip-hop musician despite facing many adverse circumstances throughout his life. He enjoyed strong popularity among followers and left behind family and close friendships that will miss him dearly; remembering him solely for the violent aspects of his career would be an injustice to his legacy. May you rest in peace King Von!