“Police steady watching me, every day they clocking me. Red alert, armed and dangerous. I keep that Glock on me.” That’s how one of the most anticipated debut albums of 2020 kicks off.
If you’re a fan of rap music, which I’m sure you are, or else you wouldn’t be reading this. You don’t have to be from Chicago to know about the most dangerous block in the city. And although most wouldn’t step foot along that 6400 block of South Martin Luther King Drive, I feel the need to warn those who may think Parkway Gardens is some sort of hip-hop tourist location. It is not. Don’t take y’all asses over there thinking you’re about to get a photo op.
If you want to know about life in O’Block, through his lyrical content, Von paints the picture with his debut album, “Welcome To O’Block”
“My young nigga 14. He riding around with that pole. You see shorty about that life. Ain’t nan nigga finna roll-on em. We was on the block shooting dice- when some grown nigga just stole on em. He hopped up and up pole on em, he ain’t say nothing he just blow on him.”
Those are lyrics from Wayne’s Story, where Von gives a detailed account of one of the many grim situations he’s witnessed. Von’s unique articulation of his home turf through his eyes is what makes “Welcome To O’Block” a must-listen.
Even with features from O’Block veteran and Von’s mentor Lil Durk, as well as Money Bagg Yo, Polo G, and Fivio, Von still shines bright. And that’s credited to King Von’s ability to tell a story.
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Ali Bouldin is a freelance writer within the Black and Hip-Hop culture. With featured articles in multiple publications.