Kehlani to headline benefit for the late Lexii Alijai at First Avenue

The St. Paul rapper had collaborated with the music star prior to her death.
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A benefit raising money for a foundation set up in the name of the late Lexii Alijai has been announced by First Avenue.

Hip-hop star Kehlani will headline the show on Feb. 19, accompanied by yet-to-be-announced special guests.

Kehlani had collaborated with the St. Paul 21-year-old on the single "Jealous," which reached No. 36 in the Billboard charts, and on Kehlani's Grammy-nominated mixtape, "You Should Be Here."

Lexii Alijai, real name Alexis Alijai Lynch, was found dead in a Minneapolis hotel room in the early hours of New Year's Day, with an overdose suspected – though not confirmed – as the cause.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at 9 a.m., with the proceeds going towards a scholarship fund set up in Alijai's name.

The recording arts scholarship is being set up by her family in collaboration with the St. Paul Central High School Foundation and Heiruspecs Scholarship, and will be awarded to promising young artists currently studying in high school.

A GoFundMe campaign for the scholarship fund has been launched, with a target of $30,000 set.

Alijai's death sparked an outpouring of mourning from the Twin Cities and the U.S. music world, with the young rapper seen as a rising star in the industry.

Among those paying tribute was Kehlani, who tweeted: "I’m angry i’m confused i’m heartbroken i’m angry i’m confused. i love you lexii. my baby was 21!!!!!!"

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