Betrayed

Album: Toothache (2017)
Charted: 64
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Songfacts®:

  • Diego Leanos is an American rapper from Redlands, California of Mexican descent who records under the name of Lil Xan. His performing name is derived from the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
  • This woozy anti-drug song was Lil Xan's breakout hit. The leader of the Xanarchy Gang told MTV Total Request Live's Tamara Dhia and DC Young Fly the track was inspired by his past struggles with drug abuse.

    "In the beginning of 2017 I had my own demons with the drug Xanax," he explained. "It got out of hand so I wanted to make a movement, Xanarchy, about just nothing but anti-Xan use and that's what I'm really trying to promote in 'Betrayed.'"
  • The song was recorded and mastered in 30 minutes. Lil Xan recalled in a Genius attribution:

    "I was with my homie Steven and. We record out of a really ghetto garage. 'Slingshot', 'Betrayed,' all those songs were recorded in a ghetto, bougie garage. It's just a vibe, you know? The writing is easy there. It just comes naturally. In bigger studios, I can't really catch a vibe like that. I'm not gonna lie, I probably wrote that song in 20 minutes, but I knew when I wrote it this was something different that people haven't heard from me yet. I went in, laid it down and everybody was f---ing with it heavy, so it was insane."

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