L.E.X is a clean Hip-Hop artist, inspirational speaker, poet, college student, and preschool teacher. At the age of 23 years old, he has already performed in New Orleans for NBA All-Star Damian Lillard's 4BarFriday event with Mannie Fresh, performed at the Largest Music Festival Summerfest earning him $2,500 in their Land The Big Gig contest, released two free albums with over 20,000 plays, and has inspired people of all ages with his "Dreams Start Young" movement. His voice has carried him over the world through social media. His infectious raps and quotes on his Instagram @1LexDaRapper has gained him a lot of exposure. But, also his willingness to stay true to himself, be a role model for the youth, and promote positivity. L.E.X is a solo artist who can win crowds of all ages or classrooms of kids and adults with his music, spoken word style, inspiring speeches, or his deep poetry. There isn't a venue that this artist couldn't handle, and that's what makes him unique. Whatever you would need from him can be done.
L.E.X (real name Alexis Dean Jr.) was born in Milwaukee, WI and started his career of non-explicit music at the age of 15. But, before this obsession with music making began, he lost his father (Alexis Dean Sr.) to gun violence while he was 7. This tragedy led him to chase basketball. A sport that he loved and his dad loved before he was killed. The dream of becoming pro was cut short in high school, when he failed to make the team after trying out repeatedly. Searching for another outlet, L.E.X began using his spare time on writing poetry and rap music.
At the age of 16, he did his first two open mics, and after this his performing increased rapidly. In just his year of being seventeen, he won two talent shows, performed in over seven shows that summer (including for a crowd of 500+), began to work on his debut mixtape "PURE" (which released 01-01-10), and also got the opportunity to write a song for two schools (including his high school Rufus King). With the release of his second mixtape "RollingStone" on 9/11/10, EP “DOPE" (his first all original project), being on the local TV show Spectrums, becoming a 1/5 finalist in the World's Largest Fest Summerfest Songwriting project contest, a magazine feature in Beats And Lyrics Magazine, and blog sites exposing their viewers to him he began to make a little name for himself. After he released his final mixtape "A DayDream," L.E.X was introduced with an opportunity to be involved in Young Jeezy's DJ Fahrenheit's “Making The Next Hit” contest and became a finalist. But, with the opportunity in his hands to go to the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta he decided not to take it and work on his first album "Dreams Start Young." This album was in the works for a year, and was pushed by the tragedy of his younger brother being arrested. The production of it began with him writing "Your Song," about his pain and suffering from losing a brother to violence in the streets of Milwaukee.
What makes L.E.X stand out the most is that he's not just a rapper. He's also a student and teacher for preschoolers/toddlers at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In 2013 alone, he was interviewed three times on campus for his work with the children and his music. He's also performed for upcoming freshman sponsored by UWM, and won an award in a student showcase for a Lyrical Sanctuary as a featured student artist. Even though L.E.X has his own swagger that he brings to Hip-Hop, being that he doesn't curse or speak explicit at all in songs, his inspirations are Tupac Shakur and J. Cole with lyrical similarities to Lupe Fiasco. This is probably what has many fans gravitated towards him on Instagram, where he has found his latest success. Portland Trailblazer's NBA player Damian Lillard has a rap competition every Friday called #4BarFriday, and for multiple weeks (20+) L.E.X has won the "Top 4" out of thousands of submissions. This also earned him a paid for flight, hotel, and All-Star Weekend experience by Damian Lillard to perform in New Orleans for the "NOLA Meet" hosted by Lillard and Mannie Fresh. The help of these new gained fans, also helped him beat out 280+ artists and bands to perform for his first time at Summerfest in Milwaukee for the Land The Big Gig competition.
With two “Dreams Start Young” projects under his belt and many children and adults on his side, he is getting closer to his dreams. The overall goal for this artist is to inspire as many people as possible to remain themselves through all the rejection, follow their hearts, and chase their dreams with positivity. L.E.X is a Hip-Hop talent that is showing (within classrooms and on stages) no matter how big your dream is and no matter how much people doubt it, you can do anything you work hard for.