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Tech N9ne Mourns Battle Rapper Tech 9

Tech N9ne took to Twitter to express his condolences on March 25 after the death of battle rapper Tech 9, real name Akeem Mickens, whose death caused confusi...

Tech N9ne wants everyone to know he’s OK after fellow rapper Tech 9 diesGrace Pateras, Cherry Hill Courier-PostPublished 4:51 p.m. ET March 25, 2019

Tech N9ne (Photo: Provided)

Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne had to assure the hip-hop community – and even his own family – he was still alive Monday after a rapper with a similar name, Tech 9, died over the weekend, provoking widespread confusion.

“This Tech N9ne is going through Customs,” tweeted the rapper, whose real name is Aaron Dontez Yates, as he panned his phone camera around to show the scene at an airport following his return from Canada and Europe. “My family’s calling my phone wondering if I’m OK.” 

Tech N9ne offered his condolences to the family and friends of Tech 9, a Philadelphia-based battle rapper (real name Akeem Mickens), whose death was confirmed to hip-hop magazine XXL by his friend and fellow rapper, Buttah From Da Block.

Tech N9ne@TechN9ne

Condolences to the great Tech 9. #Philly

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“Sadly, it’s true. We lost a Philadelphia and battle rap legend and pioneer,” he told XXL after initially announcing the news on Facebook. “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.”

Fans posted tweets expressing relief after learning it wasn’t Tech N9ne, a 47-year-old Missouri native best known for the 2015 tracks “Hood Go Crazy” (featuring 2 Chainz & B.o.B) and “Speedom” (featuring Eminem & Krizz Kaliko). Both singles topped Billboard’s hip-hop digital song sales charts.

Clayton [email protected]

I thought it was #techn9ne at first but rest easy man RIP  #RIP

XXL Magazine@XXL

BREAKING: Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly died 

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Tech N9ne@TechN9ne · 7h

Condolences to the great Tech 9. #Philly

Travis [email protected]

I was freaking out! Saw Tech 9 had passed away and thought it was you. Had to jump on twitter to make sure it wasn’t. Unfortunately I have never heard of the other T9. My condolences to his fans, friends, & family.

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Vibe magazine editor William Ketchum III tried to head off the confusion from the beginning: “Tech 9 (@Therealtech9), a respected battle rapper, passed away. Tech N9ne, founder of Strange Music, is still with us. Hip-hop definitely lost someone dear today. Just want to be clear on who it was.” 

William Ketchum III@WEKetchum

There’s gonna be a lot of confusion this morning.Tech 9 (@Therealtech9), a respected battle rapper, passed away.Tech N9ne, founder of Strange Music, is still with us.Hip-hop definitely lost someone dear today. Just want to be clear on who it was.

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Rapper Lunar C had the same idea: “Just to try to save some unnecessary awkwardness that is already popping up in my mentions.. Tech 9 and Tech n9ne are different ppl Tech 9 was a very well respected Battle Mc / Battle analyst who has just passed away.. pls use google and be respectful.” 

one punch willy@LunarCFT

K Just to try to save some unnecessary awkwardness that is already popping up in my mentions.. Tech 9 and Tech n9ne are different ppl Tech 9 was a very well respected Battle Mc / Battle analyst who has just passed away.. pls use google and be respectful

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Despite the confusion, Tech 9 still received tributes from famous artists like Kendrick Lamar, who quoted his line, “THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK”  and wrote, “Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.” 

Kendrick Lamar@kendricklamar

THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.

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Lupe Fiasco called Tech 9 “one of the most entertaining battle rappers.”


Rip Tech 9…one of the most entertaining battle rappers.Condolences to his family and friends.May God have mercy on his soul.

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Grace Pateras is a Digital Producer for the USA TODAY Network.

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