Since King Von‘s untimely passing in late-2020, the Chicago rapper’s catalog has skyrocketed with songs like “Took Her To The O” surpassing 100 million streams and his debut album climbing to No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. There’s no doubt that he was on the way to superstardom, paving a way for fellow musicians to come out of the area while also paying homage to some of the city’s familiar names.
Today, Von’s estate shares his first posthumous album What It Means To Be A King via OTF and EMPIRE. The 19-song project features former collaborators Lil Durk, G Herbo, and Fivio Foreign while other artists like Dreezy, Moneybagg Yo, OMB Peezy, and A Boogie wit da Hoodie amongst others appear. Production is handled by the likes of ATL Jacob, Bankroll Got It, TM88, Kid Hazel, DJ FMCT, and Chopsquad DJ, who executive produced the album.
Leading up to the album’s release, King Von’s estate shared pre-release singles like “I Don’t Play That” featuring 21 Savage and “War” which came a few days ahead of the project. Elsewhere, previously heard and even leaked songs that fans have been yearning for such as “Evil Twins” with Lil Durk, “Hard To Trust” featuring Dreezy, and 2020’s “Grandson For President.”
As expected, some of the songs that appear on the album have appeared online and for ride-or-die King Von fans, several of these records are polished versions of those same snippets. However, in comparison to previous posthumous albums we’ve seen over the past few years, the release of What It Means To Be A King was handled extremely carefully and in a good way. The project honors one of Chicago’s most talented featuring an array of songs to pick from without overbearing features.
King Von’s What It Means To Be A King is now available for streaming below.
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