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Lil Xan
Lil Xan
Background information
Diego Leanos
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Born (1996-09-06) September 6, 1996 (age 21)
Redlands, California, United States
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Diego Leanos (born September 6, 1996), known professionally as Lil Xan, is an American rapper of Mexican descent[2][3] from Redlands, California. He is best known for his breakout hit "Betrayed", which peaked at no. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100. His stage name is derived from the name of the prescription drug Xanax.

Life and career

Leanos was born on September 6, 1996 in Redlands, California. He attended Redlands East Valley High School but dropped out of high school in his freshman year.[4] Leanos took a job as a street cleaner earning eight dollars an hour before he began rapping.[5][6]

Leanos initially pursued a photography career in support of several friends who were rappers. He eventually had his camera stolen, and chose to begin rapping in lieu of investing in a new camera.[7] Leanos was formerly addicted to Xanax, along with opiates and other benzodiazepines, but he was able to quit the drug after two years of addiction.[8][9] Leanos currently speaks out against Xanax abuse and urges people to stop using the drug altogether.[10][11] Accordingly, Leanos announced in 2018 that he would change his stage name to "Diego" in order to support his anti-drug message.[12][13]

Leanos began to gain recognition through platforms such as SoundCloud and YouTube. His popularity grew after the release of the music video for his song "Betrayed" in August 2017.[14] The song peaked at no. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.[15]

In an interview with XXL, Leanos announced his debut album Total Xanarchy.[7]


Studio albums

Title Album details
Total Xanarchy
  • To be released: March 17, 2018
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Format: Digital download

Singles and songs

Title Year Charts Album

"Montana Doe" 2016 -- -- -- N/A
"Who Are You" -- -- --
"Center Fold" -- -- --
"Sorry" -- -- --
"Vicodin" -- -- --
"Been Bout It" 2017 -- -- --
"Xanarchy" -- -- --
"Crash the Whip" -- -- --
"Slingshot" -- -- --
"Betrayed" 67 28 49
"Far" -- -- --
"Water (Models)" -- -- --
"Wake Up" -- -- --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Lil Xan Signs with Columbia Records". Rockstar Dreams. 2017-11-15. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ Mark Elibert (5 December 2017). "10 Hottest MCs of Latin Descent in Hip-Hop Today". Billboard. Retrieved 20 December 2017. "Born Diego Leanos, Lil Xan comes from Redlands, California and is of Mexican descent."
  3. ^ Jon Caramanica (18 December 2017). "3 Rappers Peeking at Eminem's Playbook". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 December 2017. "One of [the SoundCloud rap] scene's rising stars is Lil Xan, a lighthearted young California rapper of Mexican descent who raps in a cheerily woozy slur."
  4. ^ Lil Xan (2017-08-11). "The LIL XAN Interview". Back2Back Hip Hop (Interview). YouTube. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ Lil Xan (2017-11-10). "LIL XAN EXPOSED". No Jumper (Interview). YouTube. Event occurs at minute 4:20. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ Rebecca Schiller (2018-01-16). "Get to Know 'Betrayed' Rapper Lil Xan". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  7. ^ a b Emmanuel C.M. (2017-11-10). "The Break Presents: Lil Xan". XXL. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Lil Xan Breaks Down 'Betrayed'". Genius.
  9. ^ "A Rapper Named Lil Xan Talks About His Painful Xanax Addiction & Recovery". DJBooth. 2017-10-19. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ Kyle Hodge (2018-01-18). "Lil Xan Is the Unlikely Inspiration for Getting Kids off Xanax". Highsnobiety. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  11. ^ Sydney Gore (2018-01-09). "Lil Xan On Substance Abuse In The Hip-Hop Community: 'You'd Be Stupid To Keep Glorifying It'". TRL. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  12. ^ "Lil Xan Plans on Changing His Name". XXL. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Lil Xan Officially Changes Name To Diego On Big Boy's Neighborhood". HotNewHipHop. 14 January 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  14. ^ Emily Blake (2017-10-26). "Pandora Predictions to Know: Lil Xan, Lyrica Anderson & Mahalia". Bilbaord. Retrieved 2017-12-12.
  15. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100: December 16, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: December 16, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: December 16, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 

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