Some Of Hip-Hop’s Top MCs Mourn Philadelphia Battle Rapper Tech 9

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The Hip-Hop community is mourning the death of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Battle Rap veteran Tech 9 (aka Akeen Mickens). He is survived by a daughter. Details are still forthcoming in this developing story.

“Sadly it’s true. We lost a Philadelphia and Battle Rap legend and pioneer,” fellow competitive MC Buttah Madison told XXL, confirming today’s (March 25) report. “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.”

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According to Verse Tracker, Tech’s battle record included face-offs against the likes of DNA, Arsonal, Rich Dolarz, and Shotgun Suge. He participated in the Ultimate Rap League and Street Arena circuits. He competed as recently as December, against Compton, California’s Geechi Gotti.

Tech’s peers including Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Pharoahe Monch, Kxng Crooked, and Lloyd Banks expressed their condolences to Tech online. In particular, Monch revealed that Tech’s rhymes influenced one of the Queens, New York veteran’s choruses.

Despite some mutual connections, Tech 9 is not to be confused with Aaron Yates (aka Tech N9ne), the Kansas City, Missouri MC and co-founder of Strange Music.

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Other 2019 passings include G-Funk producer Emanuel Dean, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer James Ingram, and heavily-sampled artist Edwin Birdsong. Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the family and friends of Tech 9.