Lexii Alijai

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Lexii Alijai
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Background information
Birth nameAlexis Alijai Lynch
Born(1998-02-19)February 19, 1998
Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 2020(2020-01-01) (aged 21)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Rapper
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2013–2020
Labels
  • Independent
Associated acts
Websitewww.lexiialijai.com

Alexis Alijai Lynch (February 19, 1998 – January 1, 2020), better known by her stage name Lexii Alijai, was an American rapper.

Early life[edit]

Lexii Alijai was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota.[1] She was the granddaughter of musician Roger Troutman, founder of the band Zapp.[2] Her father, Roger Lynch, the son of Roger Troutman, was also a musician.[3] She attended Como Park Senior High School[1] in the Como Lake area of Saint Paul, following an interest in basketball,[4] but then focused on music instead and transferred to Creative Arts Secondary School in Minnesota,[1] before then enrolling in an online school.[5] Alijai ultimately dropped out to pursue a full-time music career and began rapping over the beats of popular songs by artists such as Dej Loaf, 2Pac and Drake.[3]

Career[edit]

Alijai released her first mixtape, Super Sweet 16s, in 2014 on her sixteenth birthday.[3] She then collaborated with Rocky Diamonds on an extended play, titled 3 Days. A second mixtape, In the Meantime, was released a few months later, then her third, Feel∙Less, in October that same year.[6]

The following year, she and rapper Shaun Sloan collaborated on a mixtape titled Same Struggle. Different Story.[7][8] Alijai became close friends with Kehlani the summer before the release of Kehlani's debut commercial mixtape, You Should Be Here, which peaked at number 36 on the Billboard 200.[9] You Should Be Here granted Alijai media attention due to her lyricism and flow presented on the track.[10] Her next full-length project, Joseph's Coat, was released late 2015 and featured contributions from Elle Varner.[11] In 2016, she performed at Soundset Music Festival[12][13] and had opened up for Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert and Rich the Kid.[14] She released a remix of "Exchange" by Bryson Tiller and "Cold Hearted" by Meek Mill and Jay-Z, along with a music video for her remix of "Cold Hearted."[15]

In 2017, she released a remix of "Redbone" by Childish Gambino and "Me, Myself and I" by Beyoncé. On September 8, Alijai released her first full-length debut studio album, Growing Pains, in which she covered topics such as dropping out of school and maintaining a relationship with her ex-boyfriend's mother.[16]

Death[edit]

Lexii Alijai died at the Loews Minneapolis Hotel on January 1, 2020, at the age of 21. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled that the manner of death was an accident.[17][18] A toxicology report revealed the cause as mixed toxicity from fentanyl and ethanol.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Growing Pains (2017)

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Super Sweet 16s (2014)[19]
  • In the Meantime (2014)[19]
  • Feel∙Less (2014)[19]
  • Joseph's Coat (2015)[17]

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Melo, Frederick (January 2, 2020). "Lexii Alijai, a rapper from St. Paul, reportedly dies at age 21". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Carl, Lamarre (January 3, 2020). "Rapper Lexii Alijai Dead at 21". Billboard. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Sacks, Brianna (January 2, 2020). "The Hip-Hop Community Is Stunned After A Young Rapper Died Suddenly On New Year's Day". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Get to know Minnesota's very own Female Rapper "Lexii Alijai"". Everything With Yin. 2014-10-24. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Interview With Lexii Alijai". Powerhouse Youth Division. Retrieved May 31, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "EP: LEXII ALIJAI – FEEL-LESS". You Heard That New. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "(New Mixtape) @LexiiAlijai and @RealShaunSloan "S.S.D.S."". Zacy Morris. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mixtape: Same Struggle. Different Story By Shaun Sloan And Lexii Alijai". Beknown Posts. Archived from the original on August 13, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kehlani chart history". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 28, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Nostro, Lauren (April 9, 2015). "Premiere: Kehlani Teams Up With Lexii Alijai for "Jealous" (Prod. by Jahaan Sweet)". Complex. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "LEXII ALIJAI DROPS JOSEPH'S COAT EP". Hype Fresh Mag. Retrieved May 31, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "5 fresh spins on Soundset as hip-hop fest heads to Minnesota Fairgrounds". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "Soundset 2016's get-to-know guide: Anderson .Paak, Post Malone, Lexii Alijai, more". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on October 2, 2016. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "C4- M R$CH- Lexii Alijai- Allan Kingdom- LIL UZI VERT in Minneapolis". Eventful. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  15. ^ Melo, Frederick (2020-01-02). "St. Paul rapper Lexii Alijai, 21, reportedly dies". INFORUM. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  16. ^ "Growing Pains". Bandcamp. Archived from the original on December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  17. ^ a b c Stedman, Alex (January 1, 2020). "Kehlani 'Heartbroken' Over Death of Young Rapper Lexii Alijai". Variety. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  18. ^ a b "Death of 21-year-old Minnesota rapper attributed to fentanyl, alcohol". USA TODAY. 2020-01-28. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  19. ^ a b c Aviles, Gwen (January 3, 2020). "Rising rapper Lexii Alijai, who died at 21, remembered by artists". NBC News. Retrieved January 8, 2020.

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