Back in October, King Von released his debut studio album Welcome to O’Block, which 16 tracks and additional features from Polo G, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign, Moneybagg Yo, and more. The project proved to be the Chicago rapper’s most successful to date, peaked within the top five of the Billboard 200. Unfortunately, Von wasn’t able to truly celebrate his achievements — he was tragically killed a mere week later.
Today, fans are able to check out a posthumous visual from Welcome to O’Block for “Wayne’s Story,” which is produced by ChopsquadDJ and sees Von narrating a street tale about a youth who’s found himself running the streets due to his circumstances:
“My young n***a, fourteen, he ridin’ round with the pole on ‘em, see, shorty ‘bout that life, ain’t ne’er n***a finna go on ‘em, we was on the block shootin’ dice, when some grown niggas just stole on ‘em/
He hopped up with that pole on ‘em, he ain’t say nothin’, he just blowed on, see, shorty ‘bout that life, it was five witnesses, local citizens, and shorty ain’t think twice…/”
The accompanying video is directed by Joán and brings every lyric to life, with King Von appearing throughout as viewers watch Wayne’s descent into chaos — a cycle that many from Chicago’s South Side are forced to endure. The clip ends with another murder and a “to be continued” sign, leading fans to believe that there might be another continuing visual in the works.
Prior to King Von’s passing, he spontaneously teamed up with Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings (MASK) founder Tamar Manasseh to do a Christmas giveaway in his community, which Manasseh spoke on via a heartfelt social media post:
“I was just proud of a kid who could’ve done anything with that money and could’ve been anywhere doing it, but chose to be there with us on Christmas morning, giving.”
Press play on “Wayne’s Story” below.