ST. PAUL — Rapper Lexii Alijai of St. Paul died Wednesday, Jan. 1, at the age of 21, according to social media posts by friends and family. Details about her death, including the cause and location, were not immediately known.
Alijai, who was born Alexis Alijai Lynch, attended the Creative Arts Secondary School in downtown St. Paul, according to a 2014 interview she did with the online blog everythingwithyin. She attended Como Park Senior High School before transferring to Creative Arts Secondary School.
Her career started with her rapping over songs like Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange,” Meek Mill’s “Cold Hearted” and Drake’s “Girls Love Beyonce,” according to Variety magazine.
She also was known for her collaboration with the singer Kehlani on the 2015 song “Jealous.” The song was on Kehlani’s 2015 mixtape “You Should Be Here,” which was nominated for best urban contemporary album at the Grammys.
Kehlani said via Twitter: “RIP young Lexii … heartbroken and I’m so sorry. You was really my people.”
On YouTube Alijai has close to 20,000 subscribers.
Among her songs are “Growing Pains,” “Love Sucks,” and “Miss Jackson,” a female-centered take on the Grammy Award-winning song “Ms. Jackson” by OutKast.