Battle Rapper Tech 9 Confirmed Dead

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.

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