The battle rap community lost a good one over the weekend. Philadelphia spitter Tech 9, not to be confused with Tech N9ne, passed away according to The Source. He had been one of the most well-known personalities in battle rap, transitioning over to commentary in the last few years. Tech 9, whose real name was Akeem Mickens, used to be involved with Lionz Den and Street Arena before hitting it big with Ultimate Rap League. The battle rapper used humor, innovative wordplay and more to make his rhymes stick, striking with major impact every time he got on the mic.