- £23.50 + BF
SJM Concerts Presents
ARRIVAL featuring Lil Xan
14+ (under 16s with an adult)
Lil Xan isn't your normal hip-hop artist. He named himself after a prescription drug, his sullen delivery doesn't rely on boast or beats per se, and there seems to be at least a part of him that's the opposite of whatever swag is. But the 21-year-old Diego Leanos has a definite magnetism defining his work.
Whether onstage or in a video, the clear-cut emo feels of his lyrics and the almost-disturbing candor of their subject matter create a fascinating character. Once you hear Lil Xan you don't forget him. Crashing out of a rough childhood in Redlands, CA that was marked by poverty and drug abuse, he's said that he's been inspired by everyone from N.E.R.D. to Mac Miller. That inspiration led him to grabbing a mic, and in late 2016 he blossomed on SoundCloud and had writers placing his music under the heading of 'sad-rap,' a perfect example of which is his smash, 'Betrayed,' whose video is closing in on 200M views.
His vibe of his album debut "Total Xanarchy" is overwhelming, a trap-flecked dreamscape with a narcotic tone and mission of escapism with features by 2 Chainz, Charli XCX, Rae Sremmurd and Diplo. In his first LIFT performance, he works his droning flow like a champ, and chants the refrain, "I wake up/I throw up/I feel like I'm dead." Life ain't easy sometimes, and Lil Xan is an artist who pulls back the covers and shows us some of stuff we often try to avoid.
That takes guts.