It's a bummer that, sometimes, hip-hop artists aren't fully appreciated until they're gone. The discography of Chicago rapper King Von seems to be receiving extra attention after he was fatally shot outside of a club in Atlanta close to two weeks ago.
Von's most recent album 'Welcome To O'Block,' a nod to the infamous area on the South Side of Chicago where he's from, earned a new peak position of #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. It sold 41,000 units. In its debut week following its release on Oct. 30, 'Welcome To O'Block' reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200.
His two other projects available on streaming platforms, 'Levon James' and 2019's 'Grandson Vol. 1,' also re-entered the chart at new highs of #39 and #52, respectively.
One of the main draws of Von's music is his detailed storytelling ability, a less common trait among many of today's mainstream artists. Two days before Von's death, Stereogum's Tom Breihan wrote an entire piece about the way Von "spins the yarn" on memorable songs like "Crazy Story" and many others.
Describing how he would come up with the violent adventures heard in his verses, Von thought back on his time in jail while speaking with Billboard: "In jail, you don’t got nothing but memories in that b***h. I was reading a lot of books in there. That’s probably where that s**t came from."
During a recent appearance on 'The Tonight Show,' 21 Savage paid tribute to Von, saying, "Long live King Von. The world lost a legend." Real one.
Elsewhere on the chart, Ariana Grande's latest project 'Positions' remains on top, trailed by the late Pop Smoke's 'Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon' (marking 19 consecutive weeks in the top 5) and then The Kid LAROI's deluxe version of 'F**k Love.'