Battle Rapper Tech 9 Passes Away


RIP, Tech 9.

Hip Hop Game is saddened to report on Tech 9’s untimely passing. The Philly battle rapper was revered for his dexterous rhymes and competitive spirit, becoming a fixture in the battle rap community. Born Akeen Mickens, he is survived by his daughter.

Receiving prayers and kind words from far and wide — including from Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Joe Budden, Vince Staples, and many more — Tech 9 was a rapper’s rapper, garnering respect and appreciation from the game’s finest.

Details surrounding his death have not been released as the story is still unfolding.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tech 9’s family and friends.



Zach H