Rapper King Von has died aged 26 after being gunned down in an Atlanta shooting, according to pals.
Rapper King Von’s friends DJ Akademiks and DJ On Da Beat So Issa Banga took to social media to break the sad news.
Gunfire exploded outside Atlanta’s Monaco Hookah Lounge at 3am on Friday morning between two groups.
After spending his teenage years in and out of prison in Chicago, King Von had moved to Atlanta to focus on his music career. “I like the people more in Chicago, but it’s just smarter to live at where I am now,” he said in an interview this summer.
A year earlier, King Von had been arrested in Atlanta, along with Lil Durk, and charged with attempted murder, among other felonies, for what prosecutors said was their role in a robbery outside of the local fast-food restaurant the Varsity. Both men were later released on bond, and the case remained open.
The Chicago native, whose given name was Dayvon Daquan Bennett, had a thriving rap career with over 3 million current monthly listeners on Spotify as of Friday.
His most popular songs include “Took Her to the O,” “Crazy Story, Pt. 3,” and “The Code” featuring Polo G — the latter of which is off of his most recent album, “Welcome to O’Block,” which was released just one week ago on Oct. 30.
Atlanta authorities have confirmed the identity of the people shot. The Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a lengthy story on the shooting but didn’t name those wounded. King Von’s real name is Dayvon Daquan Bennett. Word that King Von has now died flooded Twitter.
Atlanta police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating a shootout in downtown Atlanta “that involved shots fired at off-duty officers,” reported WSB-TV.
While hip hop and fans mourn the passing of the Chicago-born up-and-comer, some questioned the extent of police involvement in the shooting. One audio snippet — allegedly obtained from Chicago police — circulated on Twitter and appeared to show Atlanta cops admitting to shooting and killing Von.
However — according to his manager — this was not the case. In a conversation quoted by DJ Akademiks on Twitter, the rapper’s manager explained that police were involved in the incident, but did not fatally shoot Von.
Before his death, King Von was on the verge of a breakout, having released his third album, Welcome to O’Block, just last week. He began rapping when he was in jail on a murder charge at 19, he told Billboard; those charges were dropped. His childhood friend Lil Durk signed him to his label Only the Family and has frequently collaborated with Von. (The two were charged with attempted murder, among other charges, for a June 2019 incident in Atlanta.)
Welcome to O’Block was Von’s second album of 2020, after LeVon James. In a review of Welcome, Stereogum wrote, “He’s got a real shot at becoming great. It’s been a long time since a rap storyteller showed this much promise.”
Tributes from the rap community have poured in. “Wow. This year was so tough,” Chicago’s Chance the Rapper tweeted.
“Rip von God bless him and his family I can’t believe it.” Fellow Chicago rapper and collaborator Polo G wrote on Instagram, “Was a real one💯& a good hearted n- – – – fasho🖤RIP🕊🕊🕊,” along with the hashtags #chicagolegend and #kingofdrill. Another collaborator, Calboy, tweeted, “No not Cuzo! 💔.” Rapper Omarion added on Twitter, “Rest in power King von. I seen the potential.
I heard a few songs but more than that I seen him breaking bread with his family. I respect that. I Kinect with that.”
Von collaborator Chopsquad DJ posted a tribute to Instagram. “RIP my Bestfriend,” he wrote.
“Every moment meant something and to grow wit you made me feel like I was a real producer.
I love you bro @kingvonfrmdao.” Many others tweeted “RIP” messages, including YG, A$AP Mob, and Cordae.