XXL is reporting that Tech 9, whose real name is Akeem Mickens, has reportedly passed away.
According to the media house, this was confirmed by rapper Buttah From The Block, who was friends with Tech 9. “Sadly it’s true. We lost a Philadelphia and battle rap legend and pioneer,” Buttah From The Block told XXL. “Unfortunately we haven’t fully figured the cause of death. We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body.”
Tech 9 is currently being confused with Strange Music’s Tech N9ne, who has been forced to clarify the confusion.
Meanwhile, folks like Lupe Fiasco have taken to their social media to mourn the deceased. “Rip Tech 9…one of the most entertaining battle rappers,” Lupe Fiasco tweeted. “Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul.”
Check out reactions to Tech 9’s death from the hip-hop community below. Rest in peace, Tech 9.
We're very sad to hear Philly and battle rap legend Tech 9 has passed away. His work both in the pit and as a co-host on Champion, pushed this strange little scene we're all apart of forward everyday. Battle rap has lost a good one! Thoughts and prayers are with his family 🥀🙏 pic.twitter.com/jJ50f7RjcW
— Premier Battles (@PremierBattle) March 25, 2019
With heavy hearts we send our love & Condolences Out to friends and family of our friend, brother & Battle rap Icon Anthony “Tech 9” Mickens.. We Love You Brother!! You Will Be Missed Tremendously REST IN POWER.. #Legend #Icon pic.twitter.com/BOPbbjiokb
— Ultimate Rap League (@urltv) March 25, 2019
Rest In Peace Tech 9 one of the funniest and illest battle rappers I’ve seen
— ZXLTRXN (@denzelcurry) March 25, 2019