Lexii Alijai Lynch was an American rapper, singer, and songwriter, who rose to prominence with her 'Billboard'-featured track 'Jealous' from the 'Grammy'-nominated mixtape 'You Should Be Here.' The mixtape also featured her successful collaboration with singer Kehlani. As a rising music star, Lynch composed raps on popular tracks and eventually ventured into the mainstream music scene. She came up with her debut release when she was just 16 and immediately became a popular name in the industry. Following this, she released back-to-back hits. She continued composing remixes. Back in high school, she would rap to the beats of trending songs of Dej Loaf, 2Pac, and Drake. Lynch covered sensitive issues through her 16-track album ‘Growing Pains.’ Had she not faced an untimely death, she would have been considered one of the most successful music artists of the contemporary times.
Childhood & Early Life
Alexis Alijai Lynch, better known as “Lexii,” was born on February 19, 1998, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Roger Lynch. Her paternal grandfather, musician Roger Troutman, had established the funk band ‘Zapp.’
Lynch attended ‘Como Park Senior High School,’ where she developed an interest in basketball. However, she eventually turned toward music and devoted all her time to it. Lynch then enrolled at the ‘Creative Arts Secondary School’ in Minnesota, to polish her skills. She then joined an online school.
While still in high school, Lynch went viral with her rap compositions set to popular songs such as Drake's ‘Girls Love Beyoncé.' She also used tracks of Dej Loaf, 2Pac, Meek Mill, and Nast to compose raps. She soon dropped out of school to pursue music as a full-time career.
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Lynch ventured into the mainstream music industry in 2014, with her debut mixtape, ‘Super Sweet 16s.’ She released the mixtape on the eve of her 16th birthday. She subsequently began collaborating with established music artists. She released an extended play titled ‘3 Days.’ She had worked with Minneapolis-based rapper and producer Rocky Diamonds for the album.
She released her second mixtape, ‘In the Meantime,’ a few months later, and in October 2014, she released the third mixtape, ‘Feel∙Less.’ In 2015, Lynch collaborated with rapper Shaun Sloan on her fourth mixtape, ‘Same Struggle. Different Story.’
Of all Lynch's collaboration until then, the most successful and prominent one was with American singer, songwriter, and dancer Kehlani Ashley Parrish. Lynch's growing fame earned her Kehlani's friendship, and they decided to collaborate on a project. They had been friends even before Kehlani had released her debut commercial mixtape, the ‘Grammy’-nominated ‘You Should Be Here.’ The mixtape featured Lynch as the lyricist of the track ‘Jealous,' which was placed at No. 36 on the ‘Billboard’ charts. The single brought her fame as a songwriter, too, and paved her way to become a hip-hop star.
Lynch featured singer Elle Varner in her 2015-released song ‘Joseph's Coat.’ The following year, she performed at the ‘Soundset Music Festival’ and opened acts for artists such as Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, and Rich the Kid.
In 2017, Lynch released remix versions of several popular tracks, such as ‘Redbone’ by Childish Gambino and ‘Me, Myself and I’ by Beyoncé. She also created remixes for ‘Exchange’ by Bryson Tiller and ‘Cold Hearted’ by Meek Mill and Jay-Z. She shot a music video for the latter. All her remixes and original compositions are available on her self-titled ‘YouTube’ channel and on her ‘SoundCloud’ account, which have amassed millions of “plays,’’ “views,’’ and “likes.’’
Lynch released her debut full-length studio album, ‘Growing Pains,’ on September 8, 2017. Through the album, she had attempted to communicate her painful life experiences and several other issues, such as dropping out of school, maintaining a relationship with her ex-boyfriend's mother, feminism, and the complicated nature of her family.
On January 1, 2020, Lynch breathed her last at the ‘Loews Minneapolis Hotel.’ A toxicology report released later revealed that she had died due to the consumption of a toxic mixture of fentanyl and ethanol. The ‘Hennepin County Medical Examiner’ office confirmed the news to the media and claimed the death to be an accident.
A ‘Minneapolis Police Department’ spokesperson revealed that Lynch had already died before the authorities at the hotel could respond to the medical situation.
Her relatives and friends shared the sad news through social media. Lynch's social-media accounts were deluged with condolences. Kehlani was one of her first celebrity friends to pay tribute through social media.
Lynch’s cousin, Jett, who is 10 years older than her, remembered the fallen star by recalling the childhood memories of him babysitting her.