50 cents has been given his own day and key to the city of Houston as H-Town continues to embrace the Queens, New York native as one of its own.
The G-Unit boss was presented with the prestigious honor by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Texas metropolis on Thursday (November 24).
“This is someone who is a philanthropist, rapper, artist, businessman — you name it,” Mayor Turner said during the ceremony. “He used to live in another city up north but found his way down south. This is someone who is now a Houstonian. I want to thank him.”
“He didn’t just come here to live; he has helped so many causes in this city – especially in our high schools, and he has turned our high school students into entrepreneurs with his G-Unity program. This city has been raised because of his presence, and so today we have the honor of saying to him that he is our 2022 Grand Marshal.”
“Anywhere you go, 550 buildings, use the key, the door will swing wide open,” Mayor Turner joked after giving 50 the key to the city, prompting the rapper to laugh.
50 Cent also received a proclamation on behalf of the Houston City Council declaring November 24 as Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Day in the city. The proclamation cites his “successful career” and “countless humanitarian projects” among other achievements.
50, proudly rocking a Houston Texas cap, also graced the microphone to say a few words.
“Thank you, Mayor Turner. I just want to say it’s an honor to be here today. I’m really excited to be in Houston,” he began. “Since coming out here, Houstonians have embraced me with open arms and it just feels like a great place for me to expand G-Unity as a foundation.”
He added: “I think the legacy [is] always people helping people, so it’s exciting for me to move forward. Thank you.”
50 Cent has definitely left his mark on Houston since moving to the city in early 2021. Through his G-Unity Foundation, the rapper launched G-Unity Business Laban “educational intervention program” aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills in high school students in the Houston Independent School District.
Jackson has also established himself as a major player in the city’s sports and entertainment scenes. His Sire Spirits brand has partnered with Houston Rockets, Astros and Texanswhile he hosted the inauguration Houston Tycoon Comedy and Music Festival last August.
Earlier this week, 50 partnered with the Rockets to provide 1,000 free turkeys to local families for Thanksgiving.