Common’s Father Passes Away At 71

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Chicago rapper Common is mourning the death of his father, Lonnie Lynn. Lynn passed away at the age of 71 on Friday.

“He was truly a natural poet and master of words. His personality and soul shined through his work,” Common said in an interview on 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.”

Chances are that if you’re a fan of Common, you’ve heard Lynn’s voice. The Chicago’s emcee father performed spoken-word poems on Common’s albums.

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