The Chicago rapper revealed the passing of “Pops” in an interview on Monday in Los Angeles. Common’s birth father had become very familiar with fans throughout his career from his heartfelt poems that wrapped up many of Com’s albums, and was regulary referred to as simply “Pops.”
Lonnie Lynn was 71 when he passed away. “He was truly a natural poet and master of words. His personality and soul shined through his work,” Common, whose real name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., said in the interview Monday.
“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 recorded his last poem for the rapper’s 2011 release, The Dreamer/The Believer.