Lonnie Lynn biography

Lonnie Lynn

Basketball Player

1943 –


Who is Lonnie Lynn?

Lonnie Lynn, nicknamed "Pops" is an American retired basketball player.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

At 6'7" and 215 lb, he was a forward and played basketball at DuSable High School on Chicago's south side before moving on to Wilberforce University and Upper Iowa University.

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.

Once known to Chicagoans for his play at DuSable High School, Lonnie Lynn has gathered a following in the rap world. Father of hip hop artist Common, Lynn performed on several of his son's albums.

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:

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.

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May 24, 1943
Also known as
  • Pops
  • African American
  • United States of America
  • Wilberforce University

on July 23, 2013


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