Common’s Father Passes Away: ‘The Way He Said Things Made Me Look At Life In A New Way’

September 16, 2014  |  

Last week, Common’s father, Lonnie Rashid Lynn Sr., passed away at age 71. The former ABA player’s passing was revealed by Common during an interview with the Associated Press this week.

“He was truly a natural poet and master of words. His personality and soul shined through his work,” the Chicago rapper shared. “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.”

Affectionately referred to as Pops, Lonnie Sr. made appearances on several of Common’s albums. His last poem was recorded on Common’s 2011 album, The Dreamer/The Believer, on a track titled “Pops Belief.”

“Live the life you believe. The American dream, the Black American dream, the universal dream. For the sake of the unwritten laws of humanity, I believe in God. I believe in my ancestors, I believe in my offsprings … I believe in the truth, truth. See you next lifetime,” he ended the poem.

The circumstances surrounding Lonnie Sr.’s death were not disclosed. The loss of a parent has to be rough. We send our prayers to Common and his family.

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