Up-and-coming rapper Lexii Alijai has been reported dead at only 21 years old. The cause of death at this time is unclear.
Despite the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death, loved ones have been sharing heartfelt messages of mourning across the internet.
Though her life was tragically short, Lexii made some pretty impressive career moves worth celebrating.
Lexii Alijai was born Alexis Alijai Lynch in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her grandfather was Roger Troutman, a major influence in West Coast hip hop.
Troutman was an American singer, composer, songwriter, producer, and founder of the band Zapp. Zapp helped spearhead the funk movement in the United States. Rappers of the West Coast hip hop movement frequently sampled Troutman’s music.
Lexii decided to pursue music as a young teenager and released her first mixtape, “Super Sweet 16s,” in 2016. The debut also marked her 16th birthday. From there, her opportunities didn’t stop.
The next year, Alijai’s connections led her to Kehlani, with whom she became very close friends. Alijai rapped on Kehlani’s track “You Should Be Here,” which earned her positive critical attention.
At the 2016 Soundset Music Festival, Alijai opened up for Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert and Rich the Kid.
Kehlani has been distraught since this morning when she heard news of the rising star’s death.
I LOVE YOU. SO. MUCH. pic.twitter.com/lzBlvtPRF9
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) January 2, 2020
Lexii Alijai even tweeted about her fellow 21-year-old musician’s passing just a few weeks ago, noting how sad it was.
— Lexii Alijai (@lexiialijaii) December 8, 2019
It’s still unclear what happened to Lexii Alijai, but we will be sure to update the story as we learn more. In the meantime, those grieving are finding solace in sharing photos, songs, and memories about Lexii on Twitter. And it’s all good things, because as the young star said herself back in November:
I don’t never hate on nobody & that’s why I get so much love!
— Lexii Alijai (@lexiialijaii) November 10, 2019
We’re sending love and support to Lexii’s family and friends during this difficult time.