Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne had to assure the hip-hop community – and even his own family – he was still alive Monday after a rapper with similar name, Tech 9, died over the weekend, provoking widespread confusion.

"This Tech N9ne is going through Customs," tweeted the rapper whose real name is Aaron Dontez Yates, as he panned his phone camera around to show the scene at an airport following his return from Canada and Europe. "My family's calling my phone wondering if I'm OK." Tech N9ne offered his condolences to the family and friends of Tech 9, a Philadelphia-based battle rapper (real name Akeem Mickens), whose death was confirmed to hip-hop magazine XXL by his friend and fellow rapper, Buttah From Da

“Sadly, it's true. We lost Philadelphia and battle rap legend and pioneer, "he told XXL after initially announcing the news on Facebook." We are praying that it was natural. He had no signs of harm done to his body. ”

Fans posted tweets expressing relief after learning it wasn't Tech N9ne, a 47-year-old Missouri native known for the 2015 tracks“ Hood Go Crazy ”(featuring 2 Chainz & BoB) and "Speedom" (featuring Eminem & Krizz Kaliko). Billboard's hip-hop singles digital song sales charts

Vibe magazine editor William Ketchum III tried to head off the confusion from the beginning: "Tech 9 (@Thealtech9), a respected battle rapper, passed away. Tech N9ne, founder of Strange Music, is still with us. Hip-hop definitely lost someone dear today. Just to be clear on who it was. ”

Rapper Lunar C ] had the same idea: “Just trying to save some unnecessary awkwardness that is already popping up in my mentions .. Tech 9 and Tech n9ne are different p pl Tech 9 was a very well respected Battle Mc / Battle analyst who has just passed away .. pls use google and be respectful. ”

Despite the confusion, Tech 9 received tributes from famous artists like Kendrick Lamar, who quoted his line, "THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK" and wrote, "Condolences to the family of the late great tech9 or philly. Rest well. "

Lupe Fiasco called Tech 9 "one of the most entertaining battle rappers."

Grace Pateras is a Digital Producer for the USA TODAY Network. 19659028] Autoplay

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