Fans and former collaborators are remembering King Von today (Aug. 9) on what would have been the late star’s 27th birthday. One of those former collaborators is Von’s good friend and OTF labelmate Lil Durk, who paid tribute to the Welcome to O’Block rapper on Instagram.
“Happy birthday blooda your name forever live on real hood legend #KingVon,” Durk captioned a series of photos on Monday. One picture showed Durk and his friends posted up in front of Von’s newest honorary mural, which The Source reports was painted in Chicago’s O’Block neighborhood. The outlet also writes that the memorial was completed just days after Durk vowed to stop name-dropping the dead in his songs.
As reported by REVOLT, Durk announced his decision on Twitter earlier this month. According to his tweets, the 28-year-old will no longer perform songs that mention deceased people either.
“I’m not mentioning the dead in my songs no more or performing songs with they name in it...... - big Smurk,” he wrote in one tweet.
Back in January, Durk also tweeted, “I’m done name dropping the dead after my deluxe ....in songs only tho.”
Von’s legacy was a big part of Durk’s sixth studio album, The Voice. The record’s cover art was a photo of the two friends together and the late artist was posthumously featured on the cut, “Still Trappin.’”
On Monday, Von’s fans also flooded social media in honor of his birthday.
“Happy birthday to one of my favourite artists ever, King Von,” one person tweeted. “He was so talented and was different from these other rappers. It’s sad that nobody got to see his full potential, his energy on his music is just unbelievable. Rest in Peace King.”
Asian Doll, Von’s former girlfriend, also wished him a happy birthday on Twitter.
“Happy birthday Von wish you was here so I can stfu about you smh,” she wrote.
“I use to live in his skin,” she added in another tweet. “Happy birthday Dayvon.”
See tweets from Asian Doll, Lil Durk and others honoring King Von below.
Rip king von happy bday blooda— THE VOICE (@lildurk) August 9, 2021
Happy birthday Von wish you was here so I can stfu about you smh— Da Prettiest (@AsianDaBrattt) August 9, 2021
I use to live In his skin happy birthday dayvon https://t.co/z745qzmq30— Da Prettiest (@AsianDaBrattt) August 9, 2021
gone but never forgotten rip king von pic.twitter.com/LGAiPRMjpm— galy ❤️ (@galyyyj14) August 9, 2021
Happy birthday to one of my favourite artists ever, King Von— IBashar (@CurtisBashar) August 9, 2021
He was so talented and was different from these other rappers, it’s sad that nobody got to see his full potential, his energy on his music is just unbelievable.
Rest in Peace King pic.twitter.com/OyXGRn4bfr
Happy birthday King Von Hope u resting easy. pic.twitter.com/VwclT5BdHI— MT31 (@Russ2Metcalf) August 9, 2021