Alijai had appeared on Kehlani’s 2015 single “Jealous.”
Alexis Alijai Lynch, better known as the up-and-coming rapper Lexii Alijai, is dead at 21.
The artist, who was based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, was announced dead on New Year’s Day via social media by her friends and family, according to the Star Tribune. No official details are available on Alijai’s death yet.
Raeisah Clark, one of Alijai’s cousins, first shared the news of the artist’s death Wednesday afternoon on Facebook.
As the Tribune notes, Alijai came from a musical family. She was the granddaughter of Roger Troutman, the frontman for funk and R&B band Zapp, and the daughter of Roger Troutman Jr., who recorded for Capitol Records in the late 1980s.
She also collaborated with Kehlani, appearing on the Oakland singer’s 2015 single “Jealous.” The single appeared on Kehlani’s debut commercial mixtape You Should Be Here, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
i’m angry i’m confused i’m heartbroken i’m angry i’m confused. i love you lexii. my baby was 21!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) January 2, 2020
“i’m angry i’m confused i’m heartbroken i’m angry i’m confused. i love you lexii. my baby was 21!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Kehlani tweeted.
Kehlani also shared a post about Alijai on Instagram.
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i’m so sick. i’m so angry. i’m confused and my heart is broken. i don’t know why this happened. i don’t know what you’ve ever done but be brilliant, kind, strong, gentle, compassionate… my lil fuckin baby dawg. you got my heart on the floor right now lex. you were such a star to me because every word you spoke was true. every word you wrote was honest. you asked questions with wide eyes, you laughed and covered your mouth cuz you was always so shy even tho everyone who ever seen you said you was so damn gorgeous. fuck imma miss you. u was such a thug bro i seen u go thru it ALL!!!! and then TELL THE STORIES SO BEAUTIFULLY! you was supposed to go take over the world lex. you was supposed take home the trophies and hang the plaques up. i won’t forget the late night drives or the hotel nights i won’t forget u playing in my makeup i won’t forget a thing. why it had to be like this. i love you sis. so much. huggin yo family.
A candle light vigil will be held for Alijai at Raspberry Island in St. Paul on January 4.
Source: Star Tribune