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 anotherrecording 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.