Tech N9ne needs you to know he’s alive and effectively.
Rumors of the 47-year-old Missouri-born rapper’s death had been drastically exaggerated after he took to Twitter Monday to mourn the death of one other recording artist: Philadelphia battle rapper Tech 9, aka Akeem Mickens, 32.
“Condolences to the battle rapper Tech 9,” stated Tech N9ne within the black-and-white video. “He’s been battling for years. I’ve noticed many a battle of his. Condolences to the household.”
Cue mass confusion within the hip-hop group as followers struggled to find out which of the equally monikered rappers had truly died.
After followers began paying heartfelt respects to Tech N9ne and his household, the artist — whose actual identify is Aaron Dontez Yates — tried to make clear the state of affairs in a somber black-and-white video.
“My household is asking my telephone questioning if I’m OK — I’m OK. My condolences exit to the battle rapper, Tech 9. Philly, arise,” he stated.
“This Tech N9ne goes by means of customs again within the U.S., coming from Canada, coming from Europe,” the “Worldwide Choppers” hitmaker and Unusual Music report label founder stated within the video, panning to a safety line in an airport.
Tech N9ne’s clarification apparently didn’t hit house — as a lot of social media remains to be mourning his non-death.
“NO F****** WAY. DID TECH N9NE REALLY PASS AWAY?” one mourning fan, KAlonso_LNG, tweeted.
Fellow involved tweeter @FluffyiG chimed in with “’Tech 9′ or ‘Tech N9ne’ somebody give me particulars.”
Fellow battle rapper Butta From-Da Block introduced Tech 9’s death Monday on Fb: “PHILADELPHIA AND THE BATTLE RAP CULTURE ALL TOOK A LOSS WITH THIS ONE. HE WAS A PIONEER, GENTLEMAN, GREAT FATHER ENTREPRENEUR, ENTHUSIAST AND PHILANTHROPIST. With Deep Harm And sorrow i say we’ll miss u and love u bro.”
The reason for death has not but been launched, XXL Magazine reported.