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Philly battle rapper Tech 9 has passed away.
“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.”
Tech 9 was not mainstream but he gained the respect of artists like Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, Denzel Curry and more, who all took to social media expressing their condolences.
“Rip Tech 9…one of the most entertaining battle rappers,” Lupe Fiasco tweeted. “Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul.”
THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK-
Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of philly. Rest well.
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 25, 2019
Rest In Peace to the Philadelphia legend Tech 9
— Lloydbanks (@Lloydbanks) March 25, 2019
BREAKING: Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly died https://t.co/Z4Ft7dGnq3
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) March 25, 2019