Welcome to the ‘ARTIST TO WATCH’ series
where we feature an upcoming & fresh talent every month
Our first artist is Diego Leanos or better known by his stage name, Lil Xan.
The 21-year old Calfornian rapper is best known for his breakout hit ‘Betrayed’ Prod. by Bobby Johnson.
Released just last July ‘Betrayed’ has already amassed over 133 million global streams on Spotify and 137 million views on Youtube!
He explains the lyrics & meaning to the song below
Before he started uploading songs onto Soundcloud, Lil Xan was an upcoming photographer until his camera got stolen one night. Instead of purchasing another camera he decided to try his hand at making music instead
Lil Xan is at the heart of a subgenre of rap sometimes dubbed “Cloud rap”. It is characterised by a raw, melodic sound which constantly references depression and prescription painkillers. Lil Xan is at the forefront of this new generation of music, along with rappers like Lil Uzi Vert, $uicideboy$ and Lil Pump.
While his name is also a reference to the drug Xanax, the rapper has been clean for a long time and now speaks out against drug use. Ever since the death of fellow rapper Lil Peep due to an overdose, he has become even more vocal in the fight against drugs, starting up Xanarchy which is an anti-xanax collective led by Lil Xan himself.
“A lot of rappers don’t really be talking about not doing drugs. You know, it’s like the opposite way, so it’s refreshing, I think.”
As part of the campaign, he also plans to change his rap moniker to Diego to reflect his drug-free lifestyle.
Watch the OFFICIAL VIDEO for ‘Betrayed’ below.
Listen to it here.
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