Video: King Von – “Why He Told”
The Chicago Rising Star Tells a Story of Betrayal in His First Official Release Since His LeVon James Project
“King Von’s original ‘Crazy Story’ is the kind of thing hip-hop heads should crave: an immediate and distinct piece of cinematic rap that makes time for flirting and gangbanging all in one ferocious verse. The Chicago rapper details an attack on an opp that keeps you engrossed all the way to the very end” – The 405
“King Von’s incredibly vivid story-telling rhymes have propelled him to the forefront of Chicago drill rap.” – The FADER
“King Von excels in using his storytelling as a device to portray the struggle of growing up in Chicago.” – Pitchfork
With a fully developed sense of drama and serious attention to detail, King Von is the rap game’s foremost street storyteller. Processing his friend’s betrayal atop producer Chopsquad DJ‘s emotional pianos, King Von shares “Why He Told,” his new video single. Delivering each line with a blend of anger, sadness, and disbelief, Von relays a story of a close friend who took a plea deal with the feds: “B*tch I woulda bonded you out/You coulda stayed at my house/We would’ve figured it out/You took the easiest route.”
Directed by Joán, the video brings Von’s lyrics to life, relaying the song’s story from the perspective of Von and the friend who wronged him. “Why He Told” alternates scenes of Von reminiscing about his friendship, while Von’s former friend is haunted by guilt and afraid for his life.
“Why He Told” is Von’s first new single since the release of LeVon James, Von’s latest album, released in March. Following up 2019’s successful Grandson Vol. 1 (over 350 million total streams), the album hosts the “Took Her To The O“ (19 million views), recently spawning a Genius Verified video, as well as highlights like the G Herbo-collaboration “On Yo A**“ (7.4 million views), the Yungeen Ace-featuring “Trust Issues” (8.3 million views), and the gripping street story “3 A. M.” (9 million views). Most recently, Von shared the video for album highlight “Broke Opps“ (5.9 million views)
Before it was disrupted by the pandemic, Von embarked on the “PTSD Tour,” a nationwide tour headlined by G Herbo. Showcasing Von’s raucous live show, the tour criss-crossed the nation for multiple sold out dates, and featured performances of tracks from LeVon James and Grandson Vol. 1–including his Gold-certified breakout hit “Crazy Story” (which recently surpassed 50 million views on YouTube).
LeVon James is available everywhere via Only The Family/EMPIRE. Stay tuned for much more music from Von to come this summer and fall.
Watch “Why He Told”: https://youtu.be/PLutQQzjig4
Buy/Stream “Why He Told”: https://empire.ffm.to/whyhetold
Buy/Stream LeVon James: https://empire.lnk.to/LevonJames
King Von was born in the South Side of Chicago, growing up in O Block, the area that produced Chief Keef. After rightfully beating an erroneous murder charge that could have put him away for life, King Von took inspiration from heroes like Lil Wayne and turned to rapping, linking up with Lil Durk who signed him to his OTF label. Within six months, Von had a series of viral hits, including the sinister “Problems,” which has over 3.4 million views after its debut on Lil Durk’s YouTube channel, and the defiant “War Wit Us,” which has over 3.8 million YouTube views. With “Crazy Story” currently burning up urban radio (it recently reached #76 on the nationwide chart), Von seems to be on the fast track to translate his fervent local following into national fame.
“Broke Opps”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVEVrYq9v7M
“Grandson For President” (Remix): https://youtu.be/XRNjRcKZc1A
“3 A.M.”: https://youtu.be/lAXVzK4wTeA
“Trust Issues” ft. Yungeen Ace: https://youtu.be/48MzKNCtlQg
LeVon James: https://empire.lnk.to/LevonJames
“On Yo A**” ft. G Herbo: https://youtu.be/Pry4dmwmdQ0
“Took Her To The O”: https://youtu.be/hzt31eJTGxo
Buy Tickets for the “PTSD Tour”: https://gherbo.com/tour/
“No Flaws”: https://youtu.be/S2bXCpA0BfY
Grandson Vol. 1: https://empire.lnk.to/grandson1
“Cousins” ft. JusBlow 600: https://youtu.be/coPTwq-Lb2U
“War Wit Us”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3nOr7vjif4