Who is Lil Xan?
Lil Xan aka Diego is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his song Betrayed which was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Born Nicholas Diego Leanos in 1996 to Mexican parents, Leanos grew up poor in California, moving from one place to another. He could not finish high school and could not get a good job. He worked as a street cleaner and tried to become a photographer but his camera was stolen. It was at this point, he turned to rapping after discovering he has a gift for it.
Leanos made use of the Internet to gain recognition, particularly SoundCloud and YouTube where he would post his music. Little by little, his popularity increased, especially with the release of his song Betrayed in 2017 which landed No. 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. He used to dabble in drugs during the lowest period of his life but to signify he is totally reformed, he adopted “Diego” as his stage name. In April 2018, he released his debut album Total Xanarchy which made No. 10 on the Billboard 200 which further boosted his career. From “Diego,” he took the stage name Lil Xan which is derived from the prescription drug Xanax.
Leanos credits Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D., Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Queens of the Stone Age, Drake and Mac Miller as his major influences. He used to date singer-actress Noah Cyrus for only four months until they broke up on grounds of infidelity. He is currently engaged to Annie Smith. They were expecting a child but she had a miscarriage.
As of today, Leanos’ net worth is estimated at around $3 million (nothing near his role model Pharrell Williams estimated net worth!) and it continues to increase. What is incredible is he achieved this at the age of 22!
The “secret” to his success is the Internet where he would publish his music. The music that he published on SoundCloud has landed on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and his single “Betrayed” has reached the number 67 on the charts. It also garnered over 70 million views on YouTube and played almost 30 million times on SoundCloud. Leanos grew up in poverty and knows what it is like to survive. He once indulged in drugs but after seeing the fate of his contemporaries, he turned his life around and uses music as a vehicle to improve his life – to ensure his stays healthy and keep on making money though music.