RAPPER BIG Sean has been honoured with a key to the city of Detroit for his efforts to help local students reach for higher education.
The 29-year-old is the youngest recipient of the honour, joining fellow honorees like Stevie Wonder and Sammy Davis Jr.
He took to Twitter to thank Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan and added: “For the city! The youngest to receive this honor. Last people to get this were Berry Gordy n Stevie Wonder! Key to the City of Detroit!”
Mayor Duggan praised Sean’s commitment to improving the Motor City, “The work that @BigSean is doing with his foundation is inspiring Detroit youth to achieve their dreams.”
Big Sean and his mother, Myra Anderson – a former teacher – launched ‘Mogul Prep’ which encourages kids to stay in school and pursue higher education.
The curriculum is designed to use careers in the entertainment industry as a gateway for students to discover and explore career pathways in any industry.
The Bounce Back rapper has also raised about $100,000 to support those who were affected by the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
During an appearance on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Sean revealed his mother had been affected by lead poisoning, but was treated with holistic remedies.
While speaking to a crowd that included about 100 kids, Mayor Duggan emphasized the significance of the rare honour.
“It’s only given out to our most special citizens so they know that they’re always in the heart of Detroit,” he said. “Since I’ve been mayor, I’ve given out two of these. The first was to Berry Gordy when they bought Motown: The Musical here. The second, I gave out to Stevie Wonder, when we renamed the street he grew up […] And now we’re going to give out the third […] Sean, this is your reminder that every time you leave Detroit, you can always bounce back.”