Lil Xan, his infamous tattoos scribbled across his cheeks sits with his grey beanie pulled low over his eyes, occasionally flashing his youthful smile. Next to him is fellow artist Diablo.
It’s mind-blowing how quick we are to dehumanize an artist once they begin to make it anywhere in this industry. We pressure them, expect the world from them and often forget just how fragile, intellectual and vulnerable they can be (just like anyone else.) Like other young artists, Lil Xan has experienced it all first hand yet still he continues to shine and put his best foot forward.
"X was one of the first rappers on this wave of underground shit,” he says, remembering his late friend. “Raw emotions and distorted low bass… This kid went from doing underground shows from like 40 kids to selling out 5000 cap shows with crazy support. I never seen anything like it.”
And we likely never will again.