In gratitude of the love, time and dedication–via his Mogul Prep Initiative–Big Sean has poured into his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, the city has awarded him with a key. Given by Mayor Mike Duggan, the rapper is the youngest recipient of this honor as he joins the like of Stevie Wonder and Berry Gordy. Big Sean, who looked extremely touched by the achievement, communicated his thanks to his Mother as well as all involved with his Initiative.
Along with his mother, Sean started the Mogul Prep Initiative in 2015 with the intention of educating children on various careers within the entertainment industry–while also offering assistance to develop the skills for future jobs. He’s also raised an estimate of $100,000 for the victims of the ongoing Flint Water Crisis.
“It’s only given out to our most special citizens so they know that they’re always in the heart of Detroit. 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.”–Mayor Mike Duggan
Peep Big Sean’s thoughts on the milestone below.
Today I got one of the highest honors a person can receive, the key to the City Of Detroit. The mayor said he’s given it to 3 people… Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, and Me. I’m the youngest person to receive this in the history of the city! Thank u for this monumental moment! He honored me and my foundation for motivating the city through my music n messaging and starting an actual curriculum called “Mogul Prep” that teaches kids all the behind the scenes jobs available in the music industry and taught to them at a high school level. This will be applied to Detroit Public Schools come this fall and some schools in Baltimore and more. thanks to my mom for being a teacher n helping w/ this tremendously and our foundation @seanandersonorg. N thanks to all the people that attended this inspiring event! I’m a keep putting my energy into this ??