ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lil Xan’s life is a blessing.
And the 21-year-old rapper knows it.
He’s traveling around the country on his “Total Xanarchy Tour,” which will make a stop in Albuquerque on Saturday, Feb. 10.
“My life is crazy,” he says in a recent phone interview from California. “My career has truly skyrocketed since the end of last year.”
Lil Xan — born Diegon Leanos — quickly rose to fame with his single “Betrayed,” which has spread like wildfire and peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The video is directed by Cole Bennett and has 110 million views.
It’s also accumulated over 96 million Spotify streams and has been added to many benchmark Spotify playlists including Spotify’s largest playlist, Today’s Top Hits.
Lil Xan also got signed to Columbia Records in November.
And he’s built a following of 2.3 million on Instagram.
Not to mention he’s wrapped up his first album, to be released this year.
So how does he handle all the accolades?
“I take everything one day at a time,” he says. “I’m pacing myself to make sure I give the fans the best shows ever.”
Lil Xan is also using his platform to spread an anti-drug message.
On his “Total Xanarchy Tour,” he’s spreading knowledge about the drug Xanax.
He was once addicted to it and has since cleaned up his life.
“The drug is known everywhere,” he says. “So I wanted to name the tour that and tell my story with drugs and how I moved on. Not many rappers are putting on an anti-drug stance. It will keep evolving until the tour is a household name.”
Lil Xan has also grown as performer over the past few years. He looks up to fellow performers Mac Miller and Drake.
“I used to get really nervous, and I had anxiety,” he says. “On this tour, I’m very comfortable. My heart races, and it’s the best thing in the world to be on stage and sharing the music with the fans.”
When it comes to writing, nothing is off the table for Lil Xan.
“I’m an open book, and I’m super down to earth,” he says. “Everything in my songs is truly me. It’s who I am. There’s no persona I’m hiding behind. I say what’s on my mind, and I own everything I say.”