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Rick Ross given key to the city of Miami

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Rick Ross. (Shutterstock/Franklin Sheard Jr.)

Rick Ross has been given the key to the city of Miami.


The "Hustlin'" rapper received the honor on Monday at the 5000 Role Models’ 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.


After Ross, who was raised in Carol City, was handed the key by Mayor Francis Suarez and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, the 47-year-old took the opportunity to address Miami's youth population.


“I just want the youngsters to know, you have the attention of the entire world," he said. "You can never imagine the value that you actually carry. You can never imagine how much you’re really worth."


He also praised Congresswoman Wilson and spoke of his desire to follow in her political footsteps once he calls time on his rap career.


“It means so much for me to be here,” he said of Wilson. “Everywhere we went, we saw her name before we saw her face.”



The day after the event, Ross took to social media to call for peace in Memphis after the shooting death of Yo Gotti‘s brother, Anthony "Big Jook" Mims.


Jook was shot and killed outside a Memphis restaurant in what police believe to be a targeted attack on Saturday.


“Put the ski mask down. Put the guns down. Let’s embrace each other. Let’s show that love," Ross said in a video posted Tuesday.


"Rest in peace to all our good brothers man," he added.

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