Chi-town rapper Common is the latest to share his sentiments about Gil Scott-Heron, the influential poet, musician and rap forefather who passed away last Friday (May 27) at age 62.

In a statement to XXLMag.com, Common touched on Scott-Heron’s personal influence as well as his broader impact on rap music. "Gil Scott-Heron was one of the greatest artists to ever walk the earth,” Common told XXL. “The soul of his music touched my heart and spirit. His voice and his words and his songs were like the revolution being told in the freshest way. He is a true father of hip hop and he will always be cherished and loved."

A memorial service will be held for Scott-Heron this morning (June 2) at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Church in New York City.

Scott-Heron’s cause of death has not been disclosed as of press time. —Lauren Carter