Bun B has always proudly represented the city of Houston, and today he was given what may be the ultimate sign of gratitude: an official "Bernard 'Bun B' Freeman Day," declared by Mayor Annise Parker. The rapper, best known for being half of legendary duo UGK, was recognized for his contributions to the community, and he made it clear in his speech to the City Council that helping his city is a priority he takes very seriously:

I do believe that regardless of your status, or tax bracket, or where you reside, we all have a civic duty to help our fellow citizens. I resign myself to that notion faithfully and I try to do my best to instill these principles into the next generation.

I'd like to take this opportunity to tell the City Council that I am available 24-7/365 when it comes to the children of Houston as well as the surrounding cities and communities. Whenever the city needs me, I am more than willing and able to answer the call.

I ask everyone who is here present today, as well as those who may see this on TV or the internet later, to do their part as well.

Congratulations, Bun. It's well-deserved. To return the token of respect, Bun B has apparently accepted Mayor Parker into Team Trill.

@anniseparker The honor was all mine. Definitely a defining moment in my life. The city of Houston is in good hands. Welcome to #TeamTrillless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

[Houston Press]