The AP has reported that Common’s father, Lonnie Lynn, has died at 71. The Chicago rapper spoke on “Pops” death in a recent interview:
He was truly a natural poet and master of words. His personality and soul shined through his work…The way he said things made me look at life and the world in a new way, in a different way. They always sparked a thought in my head. His words would always make me strive to achieve higher, to write better, to be more truthful with my words.
Lynn was known for his basketball skills, playing in high school and in the American Basketball Association. He was also known for his very real poetry, which address many issues in his life as well as around him and his family. Several of his poetry pieces ended up on Common’s albums; his last one (‘Pops Belief’) on 2011’s The Dreamer, The Believer.