Legendary Battle Rapper Tech 9 Has Died, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco & More React
Moms in the kitchen screaming "Tech, what ya cookin'!"
Legendary battle rapper Tech 9, real name Akeem Mickens, has died, according to reports that started circulating early Monday Morning (March 25th.) (Tech 9 is not to be confused with independent rap legend Tech N9ne.) While not a lot of details have surfaced yet around the Philly legend, friend and fellow battle rapper Buttah From The Block revealed the news on his Facebook page:
Buttah then gave a statement to XXL confirming the news, adding it's not clear how he died:
Sadly it's true. We lost a Philadelphia and battle rap legend and pioneer. 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.
For more than a decade,Tech 9 was one of the most respected and revered battle rappers in participating in the sport. Known for his unorthodox delivery and comedic bars, he's had legendary battles with the likes of Arsenal,DNA, Midwest Miles, and more. Tech 9 would leave his mark in the numerous leagues he participated in, fromLionz Den to Street Arena to Ultimate Rap League.
Later on in his career, he would become a well-known battle rap commentator forChampion.
This was a big loss for the battle rap community. And numerous of rappers went to social media to send their condolences. This includes Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, and Denzel Curry.
\u201cTHEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-\n\nCondolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.\u201d— Kendrick Lamar (@Kendrick Lamar) 1553521285
\u201cRip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers. \n\nCondolences to his family and friends.\n\nMay God have mercy on his soul.\u201d— \u201cDRILL MUSIC IN ZION\u201d Out Now! (@\u201cDRILL MUSIC IN ZION\u201d Out Now!) 1553512163
\u201cRest Easy to A Philadelphia legend Tech 9 \ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udffe love & respect to his family and friends. As a fan of the battle rap culture this is a major loss.\u201d— Smoke DZA (@Smoke DZA) 1553520932
\u201cYou know how you say \u201cNah, he never gon leave us.\u201d Like how we said about Stan Lee.... Thats Tech 9. \ud83d\ude22\u201d— IG: Mickey.Factz (@IG: Mickey.Factz) 1553497416
\u201cRest In Peace Tech 9 one of the funniest and illest battle rappers I\u2019ve seen\u201d— Denzel Curry (@Denzel Curry) 1553512264