Philly battle rapper #Tech9 passes away at age 32 from unknown causes

NOTE: Since there’s a lot of confusion on social media, we want to make it clear -- this is not the Midwest rapper and Strange Music co-founder of the same name who spells his moniker slightly differently. 

The Philly Tech 9, real name Akeem Mickens, made his name on the battle rap scene, moving through the ranks of Lionz Den and Street Arena before rising to the Ultimate Rap League. He later leveraged his knowledge of the battle rap scene by providing commentary through the showChampion. He passed at age 32.