|Born||May 24, 1943|
|Died||September 12, 2014 (aged 71)|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||DuSable (Chicago, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||1966 / Round: 12 / Pick: 99th overall|
|Selected by the St. Louis Hawks|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Life and career
Lynn was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the 12th round of the 1966 NBA draft and later played one season for the Pittsburgh Pipers of the American Basketball Association in 1969–70, averaging 5.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
On his son's records, Lynn shared opinions, experiences and wisdom to a younger hip hop audience in spoken word poetry format. Many of these appearances, in particular "Pops Rap" on Resurrection, feature Lynn discussing the hippie ideals that have found their way into hip hop culture. In an article for National Public Radio, journalist Robert Siegel wrote of Lonnie "Pops" Lynn:
Lonnie "Pops" Lynn is the father of the rapper Common, and a regular contributor to his son's albums. Lynn's spoken poetry graces the last song on each CD. Lynn says tells Robert Siegel Common's influence set Lynn himself on the right path.— Robert Siegel
Lynn had six other children aside from Common.
Although he was reared in Chicago, Lynn was greatly affected by visits to the South during his youth and the brutal murder of Emmett Till, a fellow Chicagoan.
- "Common At The White House: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021.
- Goldsborough, Bob (September 24, 2014). "Lonnie Lynn Sr. performed on son Common's albums". Chicago Tribune.
- Jackson, Steve (August 21, 1997). "The Education of Lonnie Lynn". Westword.
- "Lonnie Lynn Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
- Siegel, Robert (June 17, 2005). "'Pops' Contributes to Rapper Common's Cause". NPR. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
- "Rapper Common's father, Lonnie Lynn, dies at 71". New York Daily News. September 16, 2014.