And that’s the reason that they love me
Cause I’ve been making money
I got the key to the city
It feels good to be on top, I got the key to the city
This is how it is to be a big shot

from Nipsey Hu$$le – Keys 2 The City Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Freedom of the City is an honour bestowed by a municipality upon a valued member of the community, or upon a visiting celebrity or dignitary. Arising from the medieval practice of granting respected citizens freedom from serfdom, the tradition still lives on in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

In some countries, such as the United States, esteemed residents and vistors are instead presented with the Key to the City, a more tangible but similarly symbolic honour.

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