Lexii Alijai

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Lexii Alijai
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Lexii Alijai
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."

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.[15]

Death[edit]

Lexii Alijai died on January 1, 2020, at the age of 21.[16] The cause of death was suspected to be an alleged Percocet overdose,[17] but it was revealed in the toxicology report that her death was from a lethal mixture of fentanyl and ethanol.[18]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Growing Pains (2017)[16]

Mixtapes[edit]

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

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.
  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.
  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. ^ "Growing Pains". Bandcamp. Archived from the original on December 12, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d Stedman, Alex (January 1, 2020). "Kehlani 'Heartbroken' Over Death of Young Rapper Lexii Alijai". Variety. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  17. ^ Krol, Charlotte (January 3, 2020). "Lexii Alijai's management company "heartbroken and deeply saddened" by her death". NME. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  18. ^ Michael Saponara (January 27, 2020). "Rapper Lexii Alijai's Cause of Death Revealed". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  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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