Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, King Von, was an emerging figure in the American rap scene. His unique style and prodigious rapping abilities led him to prominence in the music industry, securing him a spot in Empire Distribution and Only the Family, the record labels of fellow American rapper, Lil Durk.
However, King Von’s journey was not all about fame and successful music career. He had a troubled past, characterized by a difficult childhood and criminal activities that eventually led to his premature death.
Born on August 9, 1994, King Von, whose real name is Davyon Daquan Bennett, was the child of Walter ‘Silk’ Bennett and Natasha ‘Taesha’ Chambers. The rapper was one of the ten siblings, with six half-siblings from his father and three from his mother. Among his siblings, the most well known is his sister, Kayla B, a social media influencer.
King Von’s father was largely absent from his life due to recurrent imprisonments, leaving the responsibility of his upbringing to his mother and his siblings. Tragically, his father was killed in a gang-related incident when Bennett was just 11 years old.
Bennett’s education took place at the Hyde Park Academy in Chicago, where he went to school with Chicago rapper G Herbo, a significant influence on his drill music style. He was also an active athlete, playing for the school’s baseball team.
However, Bennett’s academic journey halted prematurely. When he was 16, Bennett ran into legal issues which led to his incarceration and eventual attainment of his GED in a juvenile detention center. Despite the hardship, he pursued further education at South Suburban College in Holland, Illinois. His educational journey met another roadblock when he was arrested for first-degree murder in 2014, after the death of college student Malcolm Stuckey. Although Bennett was acquitted, his educational endeavors came to a halt, and he shifted his focus entirely on his music career.
From childhood, Bennett was driven by a love for music, which was further nurtured in his teenage years. His serious commitment to music only came forth after he was released from prison, having been acquitted of a murder charge. Lil Durk, a well-known rapper based in Chicago, who brought Bennett into his record label, noticed his compelling talent.
Bennett, now known as King Von, soon released his single ‘Crazy Story’, which brought him into the limelight. Following this success, he put out another track in 2019 named ‘Cousins’, featuring the rapper JusBlow600, from Chicago. Sensing the momentum of his career, he made a strategic move to Atlanta and started crafting his debut mixtape ‘Grandson Vol. 1’.
His debut mixtape, with several collaborations with Lil Durk, made its mark on the Billboard 200, securing the 75th position. In the wake of his initial success, he worked on his second project ‘Levon James’, released in the same year. This mixtape saw collaborations with NLE Choppa and YNW Melly. After his second mixtape, he began crafting his first studio album ‘Welcome to O’Block’, which was released in October 2020. This turned out to be his final album before his death. He had, however, created several unreleased tracks which were later part of his posthumous album ‘What It Means to Be King’, released in 2022.
Personal Relationships and Family
While King Von never married, he was in relationships with notable personalities including American rapper Asian Doll, Instagram influencer Queen Kema, and another woman named Mici. He fathered two children, a son with Kema and a daughter with Mici. Post his death, rumors emerged about Deja Denise expecting his child, which seemed to be confirmed by his sister, Kayla B.
Though King Von’s music career was relatively short-lived, spanning only two years, he had established a notable presence in the genres of drill, hip hop, trap, and gangsta rap. At the time of his untimely death, his net worth was approximated at $750,000, garnered solely from his music career.
The Tragic Loss
The world lost King Von tragically on November 6, 2020. A feud between King Von, his associates, and the entourage of rival rapper Quando Rondo escalated into a fatal shootout right outside a nightclub in Atlanta. King Von sustained multiple gunshot wounds, was rushed to the hospital in a critical state, but sadly succumbed later that same day.
The gunfire exchange resulted in one more fatality and left six others injured. Timothy Leeks, also known as Lu Timm and associated with Quando Rondo, was apprehended and charged with King Von’s murder.
Who are his parents?
King Von was born to Natasha “Taesha” Chambers and Walter Bennett. His mother single-handedly raised him, as his father spent most of Von’s childhood behind bars and tragically passed when Von was merely 11.
How many siblings did King Von have?
King Von came from a large family, with a total of nine siblings that included six half-siblings from his father’s side. Among these, his half-sister Kayla B is the most publicly recognized.
Did King Von have children?
Yes, King Von was the father of a son and a daughter, each with a different ex-partner. There have also been speculations about a third child, born shortly post his passing.
What led to King Von’s death?
King Von’s life was abruptly ended by gunfire following a heated encounter with a rival rapper’s crew. Given Von’s known gang connections, there were whispers that the shooting might have been gang-related.
Where does King Von rest?
King Von was laid to rest in his birthplace, Chicago, Illinois. The precise location of his gravesite remains undisclosed. His send-off was a private event, attended solely by his closest kin and friends.