Kehlani Mourns the Death of Friend and Collaborator Lexii Alijai: 'My Heart Is Broke'

Other artists who paid tribute to the 21-year-old rapper included Ella Mai, Wale, Bas, and Ari Lennox.

Lexii Alijai

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Lexii Alijai

Artists and fans are paying tribute to Lexii Alijai, a 21-year-old Minnesota rapper who reportedly died on New Year's Day.

The news was confirmed by Lexii's family members via Facebook: "Your a real Legend🎼 if you know her or heard her music you’d feel chills😔," her cousin Raeisah Clark wrote. "Rest in paradise you’ll never be forgotten!👼🏽 I’m so lost for beautiful cousin with so much talent & Unique soul Lexii Alijai It’s too soon."

Lexii—legal name Alexis Alijai Lynch—was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she began releasing remixes of popular songs by the likes of Drake, 2Pac, Nas, and more. After dropping original tracks via Soundcloud, Lexii began generating buzz outside of her hometown, eventually delivering a number of full-length projects and securing multiple collaborations—the most notable of which was her 2015 "Jealous" cut with Kehlani.

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Kehlani was among those who took to Twitter to mourn Lexii's death.

"I keep typing and backspacing you knew what you meant to me everyone knew what you meant," the While We Wait artist wrote. "You were so special bro. I seen you fight thru it all ... Lex I'mma miss you so bad. You was about to get everything you always talked about. RIP MY BABY I LOVE YOU LEX 4L."


a sweet soul, gone way too soon, rest in paradise lexii ❤️

— Ella Mai (@ellamai) January 2, 2020

Lexii ... my God man ...

— Wale (@Wale) January 1, 2020

This is hard to comprehend. So young, talented, humble, and gracious. I was positive it was only a matter of time before the world celebrated your talent and your character. RIP Lexii 🙏🏿

— Bas (@Bas) January 2, 2020

everything thing I did you always supported. u always kept in contact and always showed so much love. we were even working on music together. this one HURTS. ur talent is beyond powerful and inspiring. can’t believe i’m typing this, rn rest up lexii . I luv u sm

— ︎J (@JAYVERSACE) January 2, 2020

Lexii had such a bright future 😔

— P-Lo (@p_lo) January 2, 2020

RIP Lexii we love you mama ♥️

— ambré (@ambre) January 2, 2020

The details of Lexii's death have not been revealed. 

Ella Mai, Ari Lennox, Bas, and Wale were among the other artists who paid tribute to Lexii on social media. You can read some of the posts below.

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