Tech N9ne wants you to know he’s alive and well.
Rumors of the 47-year-old Missouri-born rapper’s death were greatly exaggerated after he took to Twitter Monday to mourn the death of another recording artist: Philadelphia battle rapper Tech 9, aka Akeem Mickens, 32.
“Condolences to the battle rapper Tech 9,” said Tech N9ne in the black-and-white video. “He’s been battling for years. I’ve observed many a battle of his. Condolences to the family.”
Cue mass confusion in the hip-hop community as fans struggled to determine which of the similarly monikered rappers had actually died.
After fans started paying heartfelt respects to Tech N9ne and his family, the artist — whose real name is Aaron Dontez Yates — attempted to clarify the situation in a somber black-and-white video.
“My family is calling my phone wondering if I’m OK — I’m OK. My condolences go out to the battle rapper, Tech 9. Philly, stand up,” he said.
“This Tech N9ne is going through customs back in the U.S., coming from Canada, coming from Europe,” the “Worldwide Choppers” hitmaker and Strange Music record label founder said in the video, panning to a security line in an airport.
Tech N9ne’s clarification apparently didn’t hit home — as much of social media is still mourning his non-death.
“NO F****** WAY. DID TECH N9NE REALLY PASS AWAY?” one mourning fan, KAlonso_LNG, tweeted.
Fellow concerned tweeter @FluffyiG chimed in with “’Tech 9′ or ‘Tech N9ne’ someone give me details.”
Fellow battle rapper Butta From-Da Block announced Tech 9’s death Monday on Facebook: “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 Hurt And sorrow i say we will miss u and love u bro.”
The cause of death has not yet been released, XXL Mag reported.
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