RIP Tech 9.
The battle rap community lost a good one over the weekend. Philadelphia spitter Tech 9, not to be confused with Tech N9ne, passed away according to The Source. He had been one of the most well-known personalities in battle rap, transitioning over to commentary in the last few years. Tech 9, whose real name was Akeem Mickens, used to be involved with Lionz Den and Street Arena before hitting it big with Ultimate Rap League. The battle rapper used humor, innovative wordplay and more to make his rhymes stick, striking with major impact every time he got on the mic.
Once he became a commentator, people started to love him even more. Alongside Jay Blac, Tech 9 showed his wit on Champion, becoming a favorite for many. Many have started to react to the unfortunate news, posting their condolences on social media and sending messages to his friends and family. Lupe Fiasco and Denzel Curry are among the biggest names to speak out about the rapper's passing. Considering how similar Tech 9's name is to Tech N9ne, many fans that are unfamiliar with the late star's legacy have been confused about the reports.
Tech 9 will truly be missed. Rest in peace to a real icon in the battle rap community.