Bennett was born on August 9, 1994, in Chicago, Illinois. He had six half-siblings from his father, Walter E. Bennett, and three siblings from his mother, Taesha. He was raised mostly by his mother in the Parkway Gardens Projects in Chicago's Woodlawn, more commonly known as "O-Block". His relationship with his father was inconsistent due to his father's incarcerations. When Von was 11 years old his father was killed by an unseen gunman. Von would later pay tribute to him in multiple songs.
Dayvon Daquan Bennett (August 9, 1994 – November 6, 2020), known professionally as King Von, was an American drill rapper from Chicago, Illinois. He is largely considered one of the most influential figures who represent the drill genre.
At age 16, Bennett went to juvenile detention for armed robbery in January 2011. While incarcerated, Bennett earned his GED. After being released, Bennett attended a few classes at South Suburban College in South Holland, Illinois before dropping out.
In April 2014, Bennett was questioned by police as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Gangster Disciples member Gakirah "K.I." Barnes, but the police were unable to charge him due to inconsistencies in witness statements.
On July 24, 2014, Bennett was arrested in connection with a shooting in May 2014, resulting in the death of Malcolm Stuckey and the injury of two other men. Bennett was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. The shooting took place in Englewood, Chicago. Bennett was found not guilty in December 2017.
In July 2014, Bennett was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with a shooting that killed one and injured two others.
Upon his release from jail in December 2017, fellow rapper Lil Durk signed King Von to his Only the Family label, Von released a series of singles: his first ever single was "Beat Dat Body" featuring fellow Chicago rapper THF Zoo, released on June 17, 2018, that was accompained with a music video; Von appeared subsequently on July 31, 2018, in Lil Durk Presents: Only The Family Involved album, with the song "Problems" that had a related music video that was released on August 9; Bennett then dropped another single on October 18, 2018 named "War With Us" still with a new music video associated. While his notorious single "Crazy Story" was instead released on December 6, 2018, and it became his breakout single, reaching the number 81 on Billboard Hot 100.
The mixtape was dropped some weeks later on September 19, 2019, it consists in 13 a tracks mixtape, and it is named Grandson, Vol. 1, executively produced by Chopsquad DJ contains three features on it, that are represented by Lil Durk on "Twin Nem" and on the Remix of "Crazy Story"; the other feature consists on the collaboration with Chicago artist and OTF affiliate Booka600 on "Jet" . The mixtape also includes tracks "Crazy Story", "Crazy Story, Pt. 3", and his second ever single "War With Us" dating back to October 18, 2018.
In June 2019, Bennett and fellow rapper Lil Durk, real name Durk Banks, were arrested in connection with a shooting in Atlanta. Bennett and his co-defendant Banks appeared before a judge in a Fulton County courtroom for a probable cause hearing. Prosecutors claimed that the two rappers robbed and shot Alexander Witherspoon outside a popular drive-in on February 5, 2019. After weeks in jail, Durk was released on a $250,000 bond, while Von was released from a $300,000 bond.
In May 2019, "Crazy Story 2.0" featuring Lil Durk was released, and a subsequent music video was later released on May 20, 2019; the song peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. On September 13, 2019, a third rendition of the single called "Crazy Story, Pt. 3" was released. On July 9, 2019, Lil Durk and King Von released their collaborative single "Like That".
On September 2, 2019, Von released his single "What It's Like", as the single forerunner of his first mixtape album announced in September 2019.
On November 16, 2019, Von released his single "2 A.M" followed by a corresponding video to be released the same day. On November 29, 2019, Von released his single "Rollin" featuring YNW Melly, accompanied with a music video. He later releases, on February 21, 2020, "Took Her to the O", with a music video, which will become his most successful single. "Took Her to the O" and "Rollin" were later included on his second mixtape, Levon James, that was released on March 6, 2020, which debuted at number 63 and later peaking at number 40 on the Billboard 200. It was released through Only the Family Entertainment/Empire and consists in a 16 track mixtape executively produced by Chopsquad DJ, featuring verses from NLE Choppa, Tee Grizzley, G Herbo, Lil Durk, YNW Melly, Booka600 and Yungeen Ace.
In 2020, King Von worked on the project that would later turn out to be his first studio album. he first releases the lead single of the album titled "Why He Told" on July 27, 2020, associated with a music video posted on YouTube, and followed that up with the single, "All These Niggas", featuring Chicago rapper Lil Durk, in which video, that was published the same day, Banks could not appear due to legal reasons; it garnered 24 million views in 2 months on YouTube platform. He then released another single, titled "How It Go", in conjunction with another music video, on August 26, 2020.
An official video for "On Yo Ass" was released coinciding with the album release date on March 6, 2020, the song is a featuring with Chicago artist G Herbo, with a production from Chopsquad DJ. Later was released an official video for "Trust Issues" song featuring Florida rapper Yungeen Ace, on March 20, 2020; in the song Von switched up his gangsta focus to show his softer side. On April 6, 2020, Bennett releases an official music video for 3 A.M. on YouTube, following on April 29, 2020, the release of his single "Grandson For President" that later will be accorpated as a single for What It Means to Be King album. He followed the single up closely with a music video release for "Broke Opps", another song extracted from Levon James album. Ending with the last video extracted from the project that concerned to "Down Me" song, featuring Chicago rapper Lil Durk, in which Durk did not appear, and that was directed by CrownSoHeavy.
On March 4, 2022, the album was released through Empire Distribution and Only the Family and by his management team, it representing King Von's second studio album and first posthumous work. The album features guest appearances from G Herbo, 21 Savage, Fivio Foreign, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Durk, Tee Grizzley, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Dreezy, Boss Top, DqFrmDaO, and OMB Peezy. Production was handled by Chopsquad DJ, Hitmaka, Tee Romano, Kid Hazel, Touch of Trent, DJ Bandz, DJ FMCT, Glaazer, Diego Ave, Bankroll Got It, TM88, ATL Jacob, Geraldo Liive, CGM Beats, John Lam, and Raw Equity. The tracklist includes song "Grandson For President" an acclaimed single which dated back to April 2020, this making it, by fact, the lead single of the album. The record peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, earning 59,000 album-equivalent units, of which 55,000 came from 79 million in streams, and 4,000 by pure album sales. This result turns out to be his best ranking and the second top 10 for King Von in the Billboard 200, who first reached the top 10 with his debut studio album Welcome to O’Block which reached the number 5. Shortly thereafter, the music videos for two excerpts from his discs were released; "Too Real" was released on March 7, 2022; the other one "Get it Done" on the day of his birthday, August 9, 2022.
On November 6, 2020, he was shot and killed at age 26. During Bennett's life, and after his killing, he was implicated in various homicides and alleged crimes related to the Chicago gang scene.
On October 9, 2020, King Von released "I Am What I Am", featuring New York rapper Fivio Foreign with annexed a music video. Two weeks later Bennett releases "Gleesh Place" in combination with another music video on his official channel, this release was in anticipation of the official release of Welcome to O'Block, that came out on October 30, 2020. The 16-track album features production Chopsquad DJ, Tay Keith, Wheezy and Hitmaka, among others; it also features artists Prince Dre, Lil Durk, Dreezy, Moneybagg Yo. The album includes the Polo G collaboration "The Code", which was released with a music video. The project peaked at number 5 on Billboard for US Top 200 albums, number 1 for Top R&B/Hip Hop albums, number 1 for Top Independents album and peaked 12th for Top 100 Canadian albums.
On November 6, 2020, at around 2:15 a.m., Bennett and his crew were involved in an altercation with Quando Rondo's crew outside of the Monaco hookah lounge in Atlanta, Georgia. The dispute quickly escalated into gunfire, and Bennett was shot multiple times. He was transported to a hospital in critical condition and died there later that day. He was 26 years old.
On November 14, 2020, King Von was buried in Chicago, Illinois.
On December 24, 2020, Lil Durk released his album The Voice as a tribute to King Von, who appears on the album cover and on the song, "Still Trappin'".
In April 2023, over 2 years after Bennett's death, a four-hour long documentary titled King Von: Rap's First Serial Killer was released on YouTube by the YouTuber Trap Lore Ross, in which it was alleged that Bennett had been a serial killer who was involved in at least ten murders, including the murders of P5, Modell, Malcolm Stuckey, and Gakirah "K.I." Barnes; Bennett had been acquitted for the murder of Stuckey while he was alive and was concluded by Chicago authorities to be responsible for the murder of Barnes in 2021. In addition to the ten murders he was alleged to be the perpetrator of, he was also documented as the mandator to several other gang-related murders. According to the documentary, Bennett's primary motive to commit murder initially was a result of gang disputes, but later were done simply for thrill. The documentary was praised by many, but was soon taken down from YouTube following backlash from family and fans of Bennett. The documentary was later re-uploaded.
In an interview on February 26, 2021, Bennett's manager declared that the Chicago rapper had over 300 unreleased songs for around 10 album of more content, which they would continue to release with the family's concession in the subsequent years, with the aim of keeping his legacy alive.
In August 2021, a mural depicting King Von was painted by artist Chris Devins, on a large wall outside a local corner store which overlooks on Martin Luther King Drive in the Parkway Gardens complex, where Von had been raised. Bennett is illustrated with a baseball cap turned backward and wearing a silver chain of "O'Block", representing his faction appertaining to the Black Disciples that resides in the homonym neighborhood in Woodlawn. The mural attracted controversy among Chicago residents: some of them argued that it would attract gang-related crime to the area, and that it was a glorification of gang violence.
On February 4, 2022, his management team announced the incoming release of a new album by the rapper, scheduled for the date of March 4, 2022, revealing that the album would have been named What It Means to Be King. On the following day, February 5, the promotional single "Don't Play That" was released, featuring the American rapper 21 Savage, and finds the pair delivering menacing couplets atop a production by Kid Hazel; a official music video for the song was released on February 9, 2022. This followed the release of his second album extract named "War" on March 2, 2022, the piece is accompanied by an official visualizer video. These two songs achieved commercial success, reaching respectively number 40 and number 63 on Billboard Hot 100.
In January 2023, King Von's manager announced with a post on Instagram, the drop of a new posthumous project by the rapper, scheduled for the same year. In June, the album's title was announced to be Grandson which recalls to Von's first mixtape, Grandson, Vol. 1, and it is a reference to his renowned nickname, which a inmate gave him during his incarceration period in Cook County Jail from 2014 to 2017. The record was handled by the rapper's closest collaborators and by his mother herself.
Three singles were released in the lead-up to the album. The first, "Robberies", was released on June 23, 2023, with an official video released the same day; the second, named "Heartless", featured Tee Grizzley and was released on July 7, 2023 with an official visualizer. The project itself was released on July 14, 2023, representing Bennett's third studio album and second posthumous work. It was hand out alongside a music video for the song "Don't Miss", which shooting dates back to the late 2020. Plus was released an official visualizer for each track on the album.