Tech 9 is dead and hip-hop has lost another real one.
The hip-hop community is mourning the dead of legendary Philly battle rapper Tech 9, whose real name is Akeem Mickens. The full details surrounding his death is not yet know, but early reports suggest that he may have died from natural causes. Premier Battles is among the first outlets to confirm Tech 9’s death on Twitter early Monday morning. “We’re very sad to hear Philly and battle rap legend Tech 9 has passed away,” PB tweeted.
“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,” the tweet reads.
As news of his death spreads, several rappers have been sharing their reactions including Lupe Fiasco, Joe Budden, Lloyd Banks, King Los and more. “Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9,” Banks wrote while Budden added, “Not the news I wanted to wake up to… smmmfh.”
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
Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9
— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) March 25, 2019
Not the news i wanted to wake up to…. smmfh
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) March 25, 2019
Rip Tech 9…one of the most entertaining battle rappers.
Condolences to his family and friends.
May God have mercy on his soul.
— “DROGAS WAVE” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) March 25, 2019
RIP Tech 9. pic.twitter.com/oO1AYo1rwF
— Duo Maxwell – Battle Rap Soul (Evans) (@JarrodB19_) March 25, 2019
Not tech 9 …. please !!!! Somebody tell me something good ??
— King Los (@iamKingLos) March 25, 2019
Nah not tech 9. Nope nope nope.
— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) March 25, 2019
From the whole KOTD family,
Our prayers and deepest condolences go out to Tech 9’s family and friends.
He was a pioneer, a legend & a true champion #RIPTECH9 ???
— King Of The Dot (@KingOfTheDot) March 25, 2019
When I first started watchin battles I came up off the “Philly movement” and watched my boy shine, he didn’t have to be the most lyrical or the toughest but his skills were unmatched ?
this a tough one R.I.P king T wit a capital ??????
— The ? (@TOPBIZZY) March 25, 2019