Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia battle rapper Tech 9 has handed away. Fellow Philly rapper Buttah Madison confirmed the information Facebook on Sunday (March 24).
“Aw man it hurts me to be saying this proper now and after talking to your dad this even more durable to course of,” he wrote. “Philadelphia and the battle rap tradition all took a loss with this one. He was a pioneer, gentleman, nice father, entrepreneur, fanatic and philanthropist.
“With deep harm and sorrow I say we are going to miss u and love u bro. Tell Spittage We gon maintain it down bro. S.P.I.T.T.A.G.E. YALL MVFKAS BETTER GET IT RIGHT WAYNE A.V…REST IN PEACE TO MY BROTHER #TECH9 @therealtech9.”
Born Akeem Mickens, Tech 9 — to not be confused with Strange Music’s Tech N9ne — was a extremely regarded icon within the battle rap world. For over a decade, he competed in dozens of battles, shortly establishing himself as a strong pressure on the mic.
As of publication time, Tech 9’s reason behind dying hasn’t been revealed.
Several of his friends shared their grief on social media. From Kendrick Lamar and Tech N9ne to Lupe Fiasco and Lloyd Banks, there was no scarcity of condolences pouring out for the late MC.
Check out the reactions under.
THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-
Condolences to the household of the late nice Tech9 of philly. Rest properly.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 25, 2019
— Tech N9ne (@TechN9ne) March 25, 2019
Rip Tech 9…one of the crucial entertaining battle rappers.
Condolences to his household and associates.
May God have mercy on his soul.
— “DROGAS WAVE” NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) March 25, 2019
Respect to Tech 9, his household, and Philly. Rest simple Champion
— Mike G (@GoMikeG) March 25, 2019
Nah not tech 9. Nope nope nope.
— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) March 25, 2019
Crazy, i simply talked to him on Twitter he informed me he’s been watching me, hurts to listen to this a couple of legend 💔 rip tech 9
Long Live the Legend
Rip @Therealtech9 👼 pic.twitter.com/oDvGT3KML3
— JP Cali Smoov™ (@JPCaliSmoov) March 25, 2019
RIP Tech 9, a Philadelphia Battle Rap staple. We weren't at all times on good phrases however he reached out to me after Trice handed & fortunately we have been in a position to put that every one apart. Despite my line u at all times have been a REAL Tech 9 & your OWN Tech 9. My condolences to his household, associates & followers.
— Okwerdz (@okwerdz) March 25, 2019
Not tech 9 …. please !!!! Somebody inform me one thing good 🙏🏾
— King Los (@iamKingLos) March 25, 2019
From the entire KOTD household,
Our prayers and deepest condolences exit to Tech 9’s household and associates.
He was a pioneer, a legend & a real champion #RIPTECH9 🙏❤️
— King Of The Dot (@KingOfTheDot) March 25, 2019
Yo my coronary heart so heavy we actually misplaced a philly legend immediately !!! TECH 9, I like you god! #battlerap 🥺😔💔
— Tierra Whack (@TierraWhack) March 25, 2019
RIP TECH 9
— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) March 25, 2019
RIP to Tech 9 from Philly…1st cat who actually made me take note of the brand new cats developing battle rapping. He was so ailing. Insane wit the presence and bars. Man I beloved watching that dude. Wish I met him so I cdve informed him how a lot I beloved his work. Smh
— Mad Skillz (@SkillzVa) March 25, 2019
WE GREW UP IN A SLIM ASS APARTMENT SO ME AND MY BROS USED TO WATCH THIS PART A THOUSAND TIMES AND LOL RIP TECH 9 FROM PHILLY!! THANK YOU! CONDOLENCES 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/MRoUhSKIFi
— MR. WEEKLY (@CrookedIntriago) March 25, 2019
Rest In Peace Tech 9 one of many funniest and illest battle rappers I’ve seen
— ZXLTRXN (@denzelcurry) March 25, 2019
Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9
— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) March 25, 2019
Rest Easy to A Philadelphia legend Tech 9 🙏🏾 love & respect to his household and associates. As a fan of the battle rap tradition this can be a main loss.
— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) March 25, 2019