The battle rap community lost one of its favorite acts in Philadelphia’s Tech 9, who died early Monday morning according to still-developing reports. Fans and notable figures of the genre have taken to Twitter to offer their words of respect.
According to Verse Tracker, Tech 9 was born Akeem Mickens and logged in two dozens battles. Tech 9 also hosted the Champion series alongside longtime compatriot Jay Blac and judged countless battles while still keeping his pen sharp himself.
Queen Of The Ring league owner Debo confirmed the news via Twitter after speculation it was all a terrible rumor.
As the situation continues to develop, we’ll add new details as they come in. For now, we’ve taken the time to collect some of the responses on Twitter below.
Rest Powerfully in Peace, Tech 9.
The fact that yall are posting that Hoax article about "Tech N9ne" shows me— NoMercyTV Podcast On Spotify (@NoMercyHarlem) March 25, 2019
1. Yall can't read. Tech 9....Tech N9ne.....2 different spellings, that's for a reason
2. Y'all don't know hiphop OR battle rap. Anybody who know's 1 should know enough to differentiate the two
Damn. RIP Tech 9 🙏🏾.— Chill Moody (@ChillMoody) March 25, 2019
Battle rap legend. Nobody had a style like bul.
RIP TECH 9 THIS SUPER RANDOM MY NIGGA DAMN ONE OF MY FAVORITES— BIG LORDY (@ANKHLEJOHN) March 25, 2019
Nah not tech 9. Nope nope nope.— IG: Mickey.Factz (@MickeyFactz) March 25, 2019
We are in total shock, utter disbelief & complete devastation at the passing of the legendary Tech 9. As we ask God for understanding, come together as a community to begin to process this incredible loss - let’s reflect empathy & respect to his loved ones— BlackCompassMedia (@DaBlackCompass) March 25, 2019
Rest In Peace Tech 9
Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers.— TAPE TAPE & HOUSE EP NOW PLAYING (@LupeFiasco) March 25, 2019
Condolences to his family and friends.
May God have mercy on his soul.
One of my favorite battle rappers and he held Philly down during the drought when battle rap was kinda dying RIP Tech 9 pic.twitter.com/hiKXLNTtkx— MAC (@BWSDREAMS) March 25, 2019
RIP Tech 9. pic.twitter.com/oO1AYo1rwF— Thomas Bethune was a musical genius and prodigy (@JarrodB19_) March 25, 2019
We're very sad to hear Philly and battle rap legend Tech 9 has passed away. His work both in the pit and as a co-host on Champion, pushed this strange little scene we're all apart of forward everyday. Battle rap has lost a good one! Thoughts and prayers are with his family 🥀🙏 pic.twitter.com/jJ50f7RjcW— Premier Battles (@PremierBattle) March 25, 2019
We Lost A Legend Philly 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢 RIP Tech 9 pic.twitter.com/9tbp0inyqu— Knuleaf TV (@KnuleafTV) March 25, 2019
Can we get one flame for our brother Tech 9...🔥🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/MfeFagiB9u— BLAQ MARKET MEDIA (@blaqmarketmedia) March 25, 2019
With heavy hearts we send our love & Condolences Out to friends and family of our friend, brother & Battle rap Icon Anthony “Tech 9” Mickens.. We Love You Brother!! You Will Be Missed Tremendously REST IN POWER.. #Legend #Icon pic.twitter.com/BOPbbjiokb— Ultimate Rap League (@urltv) March 25, 2019
I'm refusing to believe Tech 9 passed away. Not yet. I need more confirmation than what I've seen so far.— Black Spike Spiegel | #WeAllWin (@RobRegalGxC) March 25, 2019