Respected Philadelphia-based rapper Tech 9, The Source reports. Real name Akeem Mickens, Tech 9—not to be confused with Strange Music founder Tech N9ne—was considered an icon in the world of battle rap.
The news did cause some confusion on Twitter, with some mistaking him for Tech N9ne. Both rappers' names were trending on social media, with some making sure to clarify for those who hadn't heard of the Ultimate Rap League competitor and commentator. Among those to mistakenly pay respects to N9ne was YBN Cordae.
There’s gonna be a lot of confusion this morning.— William Ketchum III (@WEKetchum) March 25, 2019
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.
Tech N9ne shared his condolences in a video:
Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Denzel Curry, and others posted their remembrances on Twitter.
Read some of the responses to the unfortunate news below.
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