Rest in power Tech 9 Philadelphia‘s legendary battle rapper hailing from Wayne and Seymour . Akeem Mickens aka Tech 9 passed away, and his close friend Buttah From The Block, who was friends with Tech 9, announced Tech’s death on Facebook before providing more context in a statement to XXL.
Tech 9 (not Strange Music’s Tech N9ne) has been spiting bars on Philly rap dvds like Headshots, and the battle rap ring for over a decade. He was a GREAT rapper, and a hood legend that set the bar for upcoming artists in Philadelphia. 9 used to host neighborhood basketball games, and mentored the youth in the community. He had a humble demeanor, and was a wonderful father.
According to his neighbors 9 had began to “fall back” from the scene, and kept a low profile. The cause of death is unknown,( foul play is not suspected) , and Buttah released this statement via Facebook:
“Sadly it’s true. We lost a Philadelphia and battle rap legend and pioneer,” Buttah From The Block tells XXL. “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.”
9 was pivotal in his community and the rap community as well! Main stream stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, and Denzel Curry sent out their well wishes and condolences .
Tech9 will be missed ! Rapped Out