Up-and-coming rapper Lexii Alijai, best known for her collaboration with singer Kehlani on the 2015 hit song "Jealous," has died, her family announced on Facebook on Wednesday. She was 21.
A relative of the rapper took to the social media platform on New Year's Day to break the news.
"They say don’t question God, but damn why you baby," the person wrote. "This thing called life is crazy as hell. My heart is broken. The tears won’t stop. I’m trynna hold it together... I love you more then you’ll ever know. I can’t focus, I can’t concentrate, I’m numb, I literally can not breath. Rest easy baby ... You gained your beautiful wings... "
The rapper, whose birth name is Alexis Alijai Lynch, hailed from St. Paul, Minn., and released three albums on SoundCloud: "feel·less" (2014), "Joseph's Coat" (2015) and "Growing Pains" (2017). At the time of her death, she had released 68 tracks and garnered over 40,000 followers on the music platform.
In the wake of the rapper's passing, several artists paid their respects.
"I'm so sick," Kehlani wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. "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 f***** baby dawg."
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 post shared by Kehlani 🧿 (@kehlani) on Jan 1, 2020 at 5:04pm PST
Other artists including Wale and Ari Lennox also expressed their remorse on Twitter.
"Lexii ... my God man ..." Wale tweeted.
Lexii ... my God man ...
— Wale (@Wale) January 1, 2020
"Rest in heaven Lexii," Ari Lennox wrote. "You were so sweet and kind to me. I’m so sorry angel."
According to the New York Daily News, Alijai often performed in her home state and was the granddaughter of Roger Troutman, who founded the funk band Zapp. Her cause of death has not been revealed.