Kehlani, Ella Mai, & Ari Lennox Mourn Lexii Alijai’s Death

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The hip-hop and R&B community is mourning the loss of Lexii Alijai.

The Minnesota rapper died on New Year’s Day at the age of 21. Her family confirmed the tragic news on Facebook. “Your a real Legend🎼 if you know her or heard her music you’d feel chills😔,” wrote her cousin Raeisah Clark ( Complex). “Rest in paradise you’ll never be forgotten!👼🏽 I’m so lost for words…my beautiful cousin with so much talent & Unique soul Lexii Alijai It’s too soon.”

Lexii, whose real name was Alexis Alijai Lynch, grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She rose to fame with her popular remixes of songs by Drake, Tupac, and Nas, and released projects including 2015’s Joseph’s Coat and 2017’s Growing Pains. She also collaborated with Kehlani on 2015’s “Jealous” off the latter’s You Should Be Here project.

Taking to Twitter, a heartbroken Kehlani paid tribute to her friend and collaborator. “I keep typing and backspacing you knew what you meant to me everyone knew what you meant,” tweeted the “All Me” songstress. “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.”