May 24, 1943|
|Died||September 12, 2014(aged 71)|
|Height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines (divorced)|
|Children||Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
6 other children
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 record, Lynn shares 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. ”
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.
Lonnie has six other children aside from Common, the entertainer.
He died on September 12, 2014 at the age of 71.
- "'Pops' Contributes to Rapper Common's Cause : NPR Music". NPR. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
- "Lonnie Lynn Statistics - Basketball-Reference.com". Sport Reference LLC. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
- Tiwane, Bonginkosi. "Common’s Pops dies at 71". Times Live. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
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