Song of the Day: King Von — “What It’s Like”

Lucas Foster selects a new joint from the Chicago-bred rapper in today's Song of the Day.
By    September 4, 2019

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Lucas Foster got the chopper ready to slice your cabbage in half.

King Von is quickly becoming one of the hottest street rappers in Chicago. Despite how integral he is to 2019 drill music, his skills as a storyteller transcend the time and place he comes from. His pen game elevated him to the national conversation earlier this year with “Crazy Story” racking up millions of views and a May remix that featured his OnlyTheFamily label boss Lil Durk. As their single was making waves, Durk and Von were arrested and charged with crimes that would have taken them out of the studio for many years. 

Von is currently on house arrest in Atlanta, and he released “What It’s Like” as the first single off Grandson Vol. 1 on Tuesday. The track brings you as close as any music can to a holding cell with an unknown number of years hanging over your head. Von’s deadly serious bars, roots in Chicago, and current legal situation make this song more haunting than simple reality rap.

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