Most stories of rags to riches usually involve chasing passion and a stroke of luck. Lil Xan’s story is probably one good example of this. Coming from a poor family and even dropping out of school, one might think that the current Lil Xan net worth is something he will never reach. But, he was able to pull through and even got to have an opinion on legendary rappers. Find out about how he made a better situation for himself and becoming the face of sad-rap by pursuing the type of music he is most passionate about.
Celebrity Name: Lil Xan
Nickname: Lil Xan or Diego
Real Name: Nicholas Diego Leanos
Birth Date: September 6, 1996
Current Age: 24
Birth Place: Redlands, California
Parents: Adriam and Candy Leanos
Sibling/s: Rob (older brother)
Height: 5’6″ (173cm)
Weight: 145 lbs (66kg)
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Dated: Annie Smith (engaged), Noah Cyrus (former)
Profession: rapper, singer, songwriter
Lil Xan Net Worth 2020: $2 million
When Lil Xan was young, his family mostly lived in motels. That is because they were having a hard time making meets end. He later enrolled at Redlands East Valley High School but it wasn’t long before he dropped out. This lead to Leanos spending a lot of years unemployed. There was seemingly no chance for him or his family to financially recover. During this time, Lil Xan net worth of $2 million was something he cannot grasp.
To change that, he made a living by working as a street cleaner. He even resorted to selling drugs. His chances started to improve when he pursued a career in photography. What drove him to pursue the said art was to support Lil Xan his rapper friends. That was what he initially had in mind. However, his camera got stolen and this was when he chose to pursue another path. His rapper friends inspired him to do something creative. Instead of buying a new camera, he decided to take a chance at rapping.
“Lil Xan” is a reference to the drug Xanax, the trade name for alprazolam, and was given to him by his friends from Austin, Texas. The drug is used to treat or manage anxiety and panic disorders.
Leanos uploaded his songs on Soundcloud and YouTube, platforms that brought him some recognition. He released “Betrayed” in August 2017 and it became an massive hit. The song made it to the Billboard Top 100 at rank 64. Because of that, he got into interviews from established magazines and other media that promotes hip hop. He mentioned N.E.R.D., a rock and hip-hop band formed by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, as his first influences in hip hop.
In some of his interviews, he promoted his debut album called Total Anarchy. It featured impressive collaborations with various artists – Swae Lee and Diploo, to name a few.
In December of the same year, Lil Xan brought into motion his Total Xanarchy tour. According to Billboard, tickets to that tour sold out within five hours after announcement. This means that the up and coming rapper has a solid support from his fans.
Total Xanarchy was finally released on April 6, 2018. It raked in a moderate success even though it got mostly negative reviews. The album also made its way to number ten on the Billboard 200 so it wasn’t really a total loss. A few months later, he released the mixtape Heartbreak Soldiers. He announced another album titled Be Safe, supposedly a tribute for his friend and idol Mac Miller. “Be Safe” were the last words Miller said to him before his rapper friend was found dead due to drug overdose. Lil Xan initially announced to release the Mac Miller tribute album on 2019. However, the album keeps getting postponed until the year ended and the album was never released. Additionally, he announced he was going to change the title of the album to When September Ends but it met the same fate as Be Safe.
What is Lil Xan net worth now?
By this time, Leanos considered quitting rapping. There were plenty of probable reasons for this. He was involved in a lot of incidents that could make any reporter write weird headlines. However, the news that broke the rap community was when he criticized Tupac Shakur in 2018. For him, the legendary rapper’s music was boring in one of the interviews he was in. Of course, the hip hop community did not receive the opinion well. Some even proposed to ban Lil Xan from the community altogether. Because of this, Lil Xan decided not to guest in any interviews anymore.
Lil Xan added that he will be focusing instead on his Xanarchy clothing line, which was in production since 2017. Later, he announced that he wasn’t really going to quit rapping. Whatever his choice is, this is not the first time he switched paths and the change of pace might do him some good. Lil Xan net worth right now sits at around $2 million with the earnings he got from tours, shows, album sales, streaming platforms, and other ventures.
As for his lovelife, he is currently dating and got engaged to Annie Smith last January 11, 2019. The couple also revealed that they were going to have a baby. However, things did not go smooth because Smith suffered a miscarriage on April 11. Not only that, fans were curious as to whether Annie really had the baby. Even Lil Xan started to doubt it himself, which makes their current relationship status complicated.
Before Annie Smith, Lil Xan was dating Noah Cyrus. She is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Noah is Miley Cyrus’ sister and Billy Ray’s daughter. Everything was going well until Noah posted a photo hanging out with a male friend. The crazy drama that followed after took the internet by storm and eventually lead to their breakup.
Inspirational Quotes from Lil Xan
“It gets better: there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It may take one day, it may take ten years. But one day, you will find happiness if you manifest it. Put that energy out, and it’ll come back.”
“I always want to have a storefront here in Los Angeles because I want people to be able to come here and connect. Not just with me, but with each other.”
“I just wanted to be creative, so I did photography, and that led me ultimately to music.”