New Orleans native and Cash Money Records legend Juvenile was recently honored by his hometown in a major way. On Tuesday (April 13), the 46-year-old revealed he was awarded the key to the City of New Orleans.
NOLA Mayor LaToya Cantrell invited Juvenile to City Hall to bestow him with the significant honor. The key was mounted on a plaque that praised the platinum-selling rapper’s contributions to not only hip hop, but also the city.
“In recognition of his contributions to the music industry and being known as one of the pioneers of Hip Hop music in the South. Known as a creative genius and homegrown talent that has made him a hip-hop legend and known worldwide,” the plaque read.
The city specifically pointed to Juvenile’s hit records, “Bounce For The Juvenile,” “Back That Azz Up” and “Slow Motion,” as well as his 1997 album, Solja Rags, and 1998’s 400 Degreez.
“As a Son of the City of New Orleans, Juvenile exemplifies the New Orleans’ spirit by bringing people together and inspiring a generation of musicians and fans,” the plaque continued. “Thank you for your contributions to the music industry, entrepreneurship and the evolution of Hip Hop!”
Last year, Juvenile launched his own high-end furniture company, Made By Juvie, which the plaque acknowledged.
“He has not only been able to show us how good he is at putting lyrics to a beat, but just how artistic he is with his hands by crafting luxury furniture,” it read.
To show his appreciation for the honor, Juvie gifted the mayor one of his company’s industrial lamps. On Instagram, he added, “Thank you to [Mayor Cantrell] and New Orleans city for presenting me with the Key to my city I am truly honored.”
See Juvenile’s post and his key to the city plaque below.