Rhyme Report

Published on March 6th, 2022 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Hot Project: King Von’s ‘What It Means To Be King’ ft. Lil Durk, G Herbo, 21 Savage, & More

King Von’s estate and Only The Family/EMPIRE just released the highly-anticipated posthumous album What It Means To Be King. On his previous projects and What It Means To Be King alike, Von approaches every beat and every bar with larger-than-life confidence that adds to his legacy of being one of the most exceptional storytellers in the game. The new album is a vivid display of the expansion of his talent and signature style, further suggesting that the proud O’Block native was on the path to not only conquering the rap game, but also integrating into mainstream music. You can find all the facets of Von his fans know and love on this album, from ferocious street storyteller, to lover boy, and everything in between.

King Von’s gripping street stories are relayed on tracks like “Where I’m From” and “War” as he digs deep and emotes on losing his loved ones in a way he’s never done before. He candidly raps about his experiences with his love interests on collabs like “My Fault” ft. A Boogie and “Hard To Trust” ft. Dreezy. Don’t get it twisted though, he still makes sure to talk his sh*t on bangers like “Go N Get Em” ft. O’Block associate Boss Top and, of course, on “Evil Twins” ft. his mentor and twin for life Lil Durk. The album also features the recent Kid Hazel-produced Billboard Hot 100 #40-debuting single “Don’t Play That” ft. 21 Savage, as well as production from his regular producer and collaborator Chopsquad DJ and more. Von’s potential for stardom was more than evident and What It Means To Be King is another milestone in his legacy as a fiercely talented rapper and an inspiration to strivers in O’Block and beyond.

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