Diego talks tour life, sobriety in hip-hop, and more.
Lil Xan, also known as Diego, has been one of hip-hop's newest stars. With his "Betrayed" video already sitting at over one-hundred-and-sixteen million views, it seems as if the young rapper has managed to make a notable impression on the game. And while he has certainly caught some grief over his ostensibly pro-drug name, Xan has advocated for a sober lifestyle, going so far as to change his name to Diego (although the transition will take time). Now, Diego/Xan is in the middle of a sold-out headlining tour, which has become common practice for him. "“I don’t know what a not sold-out show feels like, everything we do had sold out,” he says, during an interview with the Phoenix New Times.
Throughout the conversation, Xan opens up about tour life, giving a glimpse into his routine. "“I wake up, usually start my day off with some very unhealthy McDonald’s. Then, I get offered weed multiple times, but I don’t smoke so that gets pretty annoying.” He also speaks about his goal, which is shifting kids away from a life of Xanax addiction. “I quit that shit, like six or seven months ago. My whole movement is getting kids off of Xanax; that’s what we’re trying to do. I make it very clear on all social media aspects and the people know now. We’re going to keep pushing that until it's in your face and you can’t ignore it.”
He also claims to have started the trend of pushing sobriety in hip-hop, a fact he feel has gone unrecognized. "“I started that trend. That’s the big misconception that these bloggers don’t understand. They say I joined fellow rappers — no, I started that fucking trend. Shoutout to all of the people joining the movement, especially rappers because they have big influence just like me. But I started it."