CNN presented a short feature on Big Sean and his youth charity initiative in his hometown Detroit. “It’s just so easy to get caught in the wrong things when you’re young. Being a mentor, I see the importance of showing people their inner potential,” he said.

The rapper started the Sean Anderson Foundation in 2012 with the goal of bettering the lives of young people through education and recreational programs within the Detroit area. He added, “Detroit is a city where you can come together and have some of the greatest times and at the same time it’s a dangerous city.”

Big Sean donated a new recording studio to his own high school Cass Technical High School. "What’s funny is I used to get in trouble for selling my CDs in the hallway and you can just imagine what it feels like to be back,” he jokes.  

For the students of Cass Technical, Big Sean’s involvement is a big deal. Fredrick Boutten, a student, told CNN, “For someone like Big Sean to come invest in us, partially it was unexpected, but it’s such a great asset.”

Watch the CNN clip above.