*The BoomBox.com recently reported that rap mogul Kevin Liles has become an honorary citizen of Paris! He must have a way with the French.

He was given the Médaille de la Ville de Paris, the highest award anyone can receive for his or her contributions to Parisian culture. The award was given at the 5th Annul Paris Hip-Hop Awards that took place from June 22-July 4.

“I am profoundly honored to receive the Médaille de la Ville de Paris, especially for my role in helping to make Hip-Hop a mainstream art form globally,” Kevin Liles said. “Spreading the message of Hip-Hop and what it can mean to anyone has long been a personal passion of mine. To be given such a special honor in one of the world’s best cities for just that purpose is genuinely overwhelming.”

Vice Mayor of Paris, Christophe Girard, expressed his gratitude.

“Kevin Liles represents for me hope and talent, energy and commitment. He never gave up his battle for hip-hop and today hip-hop is a fully recognized art,” said Girard. “He is an example for the new generations and now he is my friend and a friend of Paris.”