There is no secret that Detroit rapper Big Sean, Sean Anderson, is proud of his Motor City roots.
“When I was last talking to Puff, you know P. Diddy, we were chatting about where we were from and he said he was New York all day but if he could be from anywhere else it would definitely be Detroit,” said Anderson, at the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40 award ceremony where he was honored.
Sharing his love for the city in nearly all his remarks publically, Anderson expressed an outpour of emotion for being recognized for his efforts. The artist has taken it upon himself to promote Detroit in his music, image and philanthropic efforts.
“There is no other city like Detroit,” said Anderson. “I am proud to be from here.”
With his mother at the helm, Anderson’s foundation has helped provide hope, resources and opportunities for youth across the city. The foundation with help from Adidas and other funding sources built a studio for students at Cass Technical High School, Anderson’s alma mater.
“This is such an honor man you don’t even understand. My mom at times I feel is being underutilized and means so much to me,” said Anderson after receiving the award. “I have to thank God, my grandmother and my whole family.”
In honor of the foundation’s work, the Michigan Chronicle presented Anderson and his mother with a $5,000 check to help continue the work of the foundation.
Anderson will be hosting a concert, Big Sean presents Finding Paradise Live in Detroit on Friday, Nov. 6 at Joe Louis arena.
For more information on the concert and foundation, visit seanandersonfoundation.org.