Rising DMV rapper XANMAN just released his new mixtape, I’M A BAD PERSON.
I’M A BAD PERSON includes exclusive features from NoCap and TisaKorean, alongside the recently released tracks, “Tracktor” and “Different,” both accompanied by equally compelling companion visuals. The latter premiered via The FADER, which wrote, “(Xanman) begins with a melodic croon that quickly turns into a gnarled flow. It’s this flexibility that allows him to be threatening and vulnerable at the same time.” “Produced by WhoisMike, ‘Different’ is led by a lush arrangement of pan flute notes, vibrant synths and heavy bass drums,” added HYPEBEAST. “Xanman comes through with melodic vocals that blend seamlessly with the groove of the instrumentals.”
I’M A BAD PERSON follows last year’s acclaimed mixtape, BROKEN. The mixtape drew raves from the likes of Pitchfork, Complex, HYPEBEAST and more. BROKEN in turn followed the breakthrough success of Xanman’s viral hit, “Gucci Down.” Currently boasting nearly 7 million worldwide streams and counting, “Gucci Down” was celebrated on TikTok with the “Gucci Down Challenge,” sparking a dance phenomenon that has seen the track used over 88,000 times in TikTok user-generated videos. In addition, “Gucci Down” was joined by a fiery remix featuring Rico Nasty and YungManny, streaming here following its exclusive premiere via Complex.
Hailed by The FADER in their 20th Anniversary issue as “the D.C. area’s most well-rounded newcomer, equally effective at delivering comedy, horror, and romance,” Xanman arrives as a singular new talent with a scorching signature style. The 19-year-old rapper mastered ProTools before even hitting his teens, utilizing a $300 mic gifted to him by his beloved grandmother that he uses to this very day. He dropped his first mixtape in 2013, kicking off a remarkable prolific streak that now includes more than 30 unique projects, resulting in his status as one of Spinrilla’s most popular artists.
2019 saw Xanman reaping love from fellow artists like Rico Nasty and Lil Yachty, as well as wide-ranging critical acclaim, all fueling his rapid rise to rap stardom. Pigeons & Planes decreed him to be “the most quotable new rapper from the DMV,” while the Washington Post raved about a recent live performance, writing, “Ever catch a rap show that feels so vivid, so brilliant, so dazzlingly present, it seems wrong to talk about it in the past tense? Saturday night is probably still rattling around in the brainstems of the thousand-plus DMV youth who jammed the Fillmore Silver Spring to see XanMan,” noting how the rapper “refuse(s) to wait around for the near future, rhyming flagrantly ahead of the beat, violating temporality and decorum with an absurd amount of style.” “Over the last year (XanMan) has become the genre’s premier punchline server,” enthused Pitchfork. “Since the rise of XanMan, rap has been flooded with imitators attempting to mimic his punched-in flow, but…nobody can wield the delivery like Xan.”