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Stars are mourning the loss of Minnesota-born rapper Lexii Alijai.
Born Alexis Alijai Lynch, the young star was a rising talent in the hip-hop community.
She died on Wednesday at the age of 21, according to multiple outlets, including the New York Post‘s Page Six. A cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Family members shared news of her passing on social media, where they mourned Alijai and her music.
“[You’re] a real Legend🎼 if you know her or heard her music you’d feel chills😔,” wrote one woman, who identified herself as a cousin of Alijai’s on Facebook. “Rest in paradise you’ll never be forgotten!👼🏽 I’m so lost for words…my beautiful cousin with so much talent & Unique soul … It’s too soon💔”
Another woman who identified herself as a family member wrote: “They say don’t question God, but damn why you baby. This thing called life is crazy as hell. My heart is broken 💔 the tears won’t stop. I’m trynna hold it together … Rest easy baby… 😘 You gained your beautiful wings.”
Alijai put out two albums during her up-and-coming career, both released while she was a teenager: Joseph’s Coat in 2015 and Growing Pains in 2017. She rose to fame with viral remixes of popular Drake and Nas songs, according to E! News.
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
i keep typing and backspacing
you knew what you meant to me
everyone knew what you meant
you were so special bro
i seen you fight thru it all i seen u thug it out lex
imma miss you so bad
you was about to get everything you always talked about
RIP MY BABY
I LOVE YOU LEX 4L
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) January 2, 2020
Kehlani — who got an assist from Alijai on the song “Jealous” — reacted to the tragic news on Twitter, sharing her heartbreak and confusion for her close friend and colleague.
The Grammy-nominated singer, 24, went on to share multiple tributes to Alijai, both on Twitter and Instagram — even making a photo of the late rapper her header image on Twitter and adding “LONG LIVE LEXII” to her profile bio.
“I keep typing and backspacing … you knew what you meant to me … everyone knew what you meant,” she tweeted. “You were so special bro … i seen you fight thru it all i seen u thug it out lex … imma miss you so bad … you was about to get everything you always talked about … RIP MY BABY.”
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Kehlani also shared a slideshow of photos with the young artist, writing about her admiration for Alijai as well as the memories the two shared, including late-night drives, hotel nights and her “playing in” Kehlani’s makeup.
“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,” she wrote in her caption. “… you were such a star to me because every word you spoke was true. every word you wrote was honest.”
She added: “… 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.”
On her Instagram Story, Kehlani urged her followers to appreciate Alijai’s music as a way to honor her: “Go stream all her music. Go share her videos. Go repost her art. Period.”
Other stars and collaborators reacted to the news as well, including rapper Wale
Elle Varner, who performed a song called “Mourning After” with Alijai on her first album Joseph’s Coat, grappled with the tragedy on Twitter, writing: “RIP Lexii. It was an honor to know you, work with you, and be a mentor to you. 💔💔💔💔”
KayCyy, a collaborator on two tracks featured on Alijai’s second album, called his friend a “Minnesota LEGEND” on Twitter.
“Can’t stop crying for you My dawg ain’t no s— hit me this hard bro , was just in high spirits , we spoke last week we was suppose link ! U sounded happy gang ,🤦🏽♂️,” he wrote, “we had hits and so many more to do man I was so proud to see you kill this game 💔.”