Big Sean's Detroit's On Now benefit raises money for Motown music

- Detroit's own Big Sean is hosting the first ever Detroit's On Now weekend - and it's all about charity and giving back to his hometown. 

His event Thursday night was to benefit the Motown Museum, where Motown began.

"I'm loyal and they are loyal to me," he said. "I'm never going to turn my back on my city. Everywhere I go I'm repping Detroit, everywhere."

One of the biggest names in hip-hop, multi-platinum several times over - but when Big Sean steps into Hitsville, U.S.A. he's just a kid from Detroit.

"This place means everything to me," Big Sean said. "I look at pictures of Stevie Wonder, The Temptations. When you look at the signing book it has Marvin Gay's name. It's inspiring."

He's spending the week launching the first annual Detroit's On Now or DON weekend.

His charity The Sean Anderson foundation is hosting events all over the city through Monday - each to raise money for everything from entrepreneurs to funding the expansion here at the Motown Museum. 

"It needs to be expanded," he said. "Just how the city is expanding this needs to be a part of it for sure. This can't get drawn out or buried or any of that."

Thursday's intimate, private event gives 100 lucky people a chance to mingle with Big Sean and Motown alum.  All the proceeds go to the museum.

He's clearly a celebrity that remembers his roots - this week he was there to perform at the celebration of Ford's purchase of the old train depot. 

"We are lovers, we are fighters, we are survivors," Big Sean said. "We got each other's back that's for sure."

His fans can look forward to more music dedicated to the city he says shaped him. The artist has some words of encouragement for his fellow Detroiters. 

FOX 2: "What would you say to those people who need a little inspiration?"

"It's a process just remember you got what it takes no matter what, no matter what they tell you," he said. "You got what it takes to make anything happen anywhere you are in your life is a reflection of you. If you want to change that, if you want to upgrade yourself, then just remember it starts up here."

There are some events this weekend that are open to the public. For a complete schedule CLICK HERE.

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