From Kendrick Lamar To Lupe Fiasco: Hip Hop Mourns Battle Rapper Tech 9’s Death

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.

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