LEX the Lexicon Artist is a nerdcore hip-hop artist currently based in Oakland, California. A graduate of UC Berkeley, LEX began the Lexicon Artist project in 2016, by writing and performing original songs inspired by her multicultural upbringing, her psychology education, and popular culture. Since then, LEX has become a mainstay performer in anime, gaming, and technology conventions across the country, connecting to thousands of fans with her relatable songs about nerd culture and personal identity.
In May 2018, LEX won a grant from the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center in San Francisco, which allowed her to organize an Asian-American-focused rap showcase. It was headlined by Ruby Ibarra and hosted by the historic venue Bottom of the Hill.
In September 2018, LEX went on a national tour with Adult Swim veteran and nerdcore rapper mc chris. She performed in 39 cities across 7 weeks in every region of the United States. Since then, she has gone on to make mainstage appearances at the Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest) in National Harbor, Maryland and the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
LEX has released multiple EPs and one full-length album, “Raging Ego”, which was met with critical acclaim.
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“In the case of LEX the Lexicon Artist, her music’s open honesty plays a pivotal role as well. She plays with the inner struggles of artists in her songs, subtly and not-so-subtly revealing key aspects of herself. There’s no holding back. Social awkwardness takes center stage as well, alongside a slew of relatable nerd afflictions.” - Jeff Mitchell, Living Life Fearless
“Lex The Lexicon Artist (Oakland, CA) – nerdy wordsmith with a super clean cunning flow and dirty bars!” - James, Music Felon
““Special” is a treat for both nerdcore rap fans and fans of Mob Psycho alike. Not only is it an excellent nerdcore project, but it’s a great EP in its own right.” - Alien Renegade, Toonami Faithful
“Intense, confident, and a little bit weird…sends the clear message that Lex is a force to be reckoned with.” - Will Harrison, The Unheard Nerd
“As a performer, Lex commands the room and the stage with her band, smart rap, and an incomparable level of confidence.” - Joy Ng, Hip Hop x Asian America
“She shows great skill, great energy, and she’s very adventurous in tackling different styles of music across the track list. She also does a great job in letting us get to know her, showing us different sides of her personality as she moves from the really personal and tender to the funny and entertaining.” - Chi Chi Thalken, Scratched Vinyl
“Raging Ego rages in the best way possible, dipping into stories that feel simultaneously deeply personal, wholly relatable and uniquely LEX.” - Sara Hayden, Silk Knots Project
“LEX the Lexicon Artist is a hip hop artist & entertainer originally from Taipei, currently based in Oakland, CA. Her mix of intelligently comical, nerdy flows, and genuine storytelling skills make her such a unique character in the hip hop space.” - Jehzan Exclusive, OTDHipHop
"LEX is in her own lane with Raging Ego. Even if you aren’t a fan of Nerdcore Hip-Hop, this album will have replay value for listeners across all spectrums. It’s creative and diverse and the Lexicon artist shows off her skill and versatility on the project with confidence." - Ambush Vin, Altwire
A Q&A with LEX and Music in SF Editor Louis Raphael.