It seems as if the younger generation up-and-coming rappers have yet to grasp one basic concept. If you disrespect your predecessors, particularly those who constitute as “legendary,” you will be made a target. Lil Yachty previously elicited a heated response after calling the Notorious B.I.G. overrated, and now, Lil Xan is finding himself on the receiving end some serious wrath. During an interview with Revolt TV, an extremely stoned Lil Xan ranked 2Pac Shakur a two on ten, calling his music boring. The interview immediately gained notoriety, and prompted heated responses from Waka Flocka Flame and T.I.
The former went so far as to “ban” Lil Xan from hip-hop, a motion which Tip publicly co-signed. “Pac help me get thru childhood!!! Shit hurt to see the youth disrespect man that paved the way for all us literally,” wrote Waka, on Twitter. “I hope nobody overlook me accomplishments when I leave.” The backlash ultimately prompted Xan to announce a step-back from interviews; perhaps it’s better to smoke copious amounts weed after the interview is done. It’s interesting to see young rappers so brazenly disrespect the pioneers the genre. Still, Xan seems unfazed by the ban, promising he’s not going anywhere.
Whether or not this “ban” will have any ramifications Lil Xan’s career is yet to be seen. Still, it has caused quite a stir in the hip-hop community, leading to many feeling obliged to throw in with one particular side. Do you feel like Xan’s comments are out line? If so, you’re not alone; plenty out there feel as if the youngsters need to show some respect to their elders. Conversely, plenty Xan fans have spoken out against the elder statesmen, defending the “Betrayed” rapper’s right to speak freely.
Where do you stand?
Don’t get it twisted. Lil Xan does not support using Xan. While some might accuse the buzzing rapper capitalizing on an unfortunate drug epidemic, it would appear that Xan has realized the error his ways. He recently spoke to Ebro about changing his name to Diego; the transition will happen, but not until the arrival his debut album, appropriately titled Total Xanarchy. Today, the young rapper stopped by Hot 97 to converse with Ebro, who has occasionally played the gatekeeper to a few emerging artists.
Over the course the interview, Xan reveals that he’s managed to secure several notable guest appearances. “I got YG, 2 Chainz, Charli XCX and Diplo,” he says. “We really wanted the album to be something else.” Stylistically, the rapper promises diversity. “This album is where I feel like I shine with the whole creativity…It’s a lot stuff people haven’t heard. It’s a very mature sound. I don’t think they’re going to expect it.”
Xan goes on to show some love to Mac Miller, who played a pivotal role in shaping Xan’s influences; one can certainly see the similarities, as Mac himself was a prior drug user gone clean. While the jury is still out on whether Xan can deliver something on par with Mac’s best work, it would appear the kid has a solid head on his shoulder. Questionable name aside, Lil Xan’s upcoming Total Xanarchy may very well prove a pleasant surprise.
The project drops on April 6th. Check out the full interview below.
Lil Xan has been promoting an anti-drug message, despite his rap name, in nearly every interview he gives these days. The “Betrayed” rapper’s message is a breath fresh air in light the drug-related death Lil Peep and the glamorization Xanax in the rap community. Being a former addict himself, Lil Xan AKA Diego knows the effects the prescription medicine, urging his fans to stay away from it and any other drugs that can harm you. This message may be coming to life sonically soon as Lil Xan has shared that his debut album is in the works and will be here within 30 days.
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Xan has been dropping several throwaway tracks, as well as collaborations with $teven Cannon and the Cole Bennett-directed “Betrayed” video, which has been viewed over 132 million times at the time publication. Some may view him as an overnight sensation and this album can be Diego’s chance to prove why he belongs in the conversation the hottest new acts in hip-hop. Although nobody may be able to emulate the sound that Lil Peep was famous for, Lil Xan has built a platform for himself to potentially represent a brand “emo rap” that not many artists have gravitated towards.
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The up-and-coming California emcee has not yet shared an ficial release date, but he’s remarked that we can expect more production from Bobby Johnson, which he seems to strive on. The rapper claims that his sound has matured since his days singing about drug use, to now promoting the Xanarchy movement standing against the drug. We’re looking forward to hearing the evolution his sound and seeing his potential impact on the industry.
Valentine’s Day is upon us, and while some may cross their arms and dub the “holiday” a shameless celebration capitalist consumerism, those people are probably spending it alone anyway. For the others, love will soon be in the air, and maybe that special person in your life is getting tired the traditional gifts. Roses? Did it last year. Chocolates? Did it last year. But what about Lil Xan themed apparel – because nothing says “I Love You” like “really miss my mistress” sweaters.
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As today, the “Betrayed” rapper has ficially launched a line Valentine’s Day apparel, which feature a range sweaters, hoodies, long sleeve t-shirts, and dad hats. The collection, which was inspired by Xan’s “Betrayed,” features some classic Valentine’s Day staples, including chocolates, hearts, and Cupids. The majority the collection is available in pink, white, and black. It’s a good look for Xan, who has managed to pull himself out the “meme rapper” purgatory, proving there’s more too him than a controversial moniker.
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If you’re looking to purchase some the “Xanarchy” Valentine’s Day collection, you can head over Xan’s website here. The full collection becomes available for purchase 6 p.m. EST, or 3 p.m. PST. In other Xan news, the rapper has recently changed his stage name to Diego; his situation is kind reminiscent Rich Chigga, who changed his name to Rich Brian after deciding to take his artistry more seriously.
Check out a few images the collection below – if you want the full gallery, head over to Xanarchy Gang.