Something every student one day dreams about is finally paying off student loan debt. Many people are buried underneath it trying to swim out of the mounds of debt they are drowning in every day. People work hard, often working two-to-three jobs while going to school, going without sleep, and even living off of the cheapest food they can find to pay their bills, make ends meet, and maybe one day, paying off their student loan debt they got themselves into. They may have gotten themselves into it though because they wanted to one day, live a better life and not have to worry about paying bills or if they are going to get to eat from one day to the next. According to CNN, on Feb. 24 one New Orleans middle school teacher, turned rapper, Dee-1 can relate to the above story. This is because he was living like that for a while. He would eat the cheapest noodles he could find, hold down more than one job, and try to turn his rap hobby into a career so that one day, he would be without debt and wouldn’t have to live the way he was living.
Well, because of an advance he got for a record deal with RCA, he can now say he is debt free and free from student loans. He didn’t just say it though, he rapped about it and his rap called, “Sallie Mae Back” has went viral with more than five million views on Youtube since earlier this month. This is because his rapping about getting out of debt relates to many young people and old alike.
NBC News reported that the video has even prompted Sallie Mae to congratulate him on Twitter for finally paying his student loans back.
Dee-1, also known as David Augustine Jr. is now ready to make it big with his rap album. His days of living off of cheap noodles, making the bare minimum of payments to bill collectors, and working more than one job are now over because he has paid off his student loans and can now concentrate on his rapping career.
Forbes reports that Dee-1 stated that people should be responsible when taking out students loans and that he wasn’t. According to the report, a survey was done by Common Bound, which is a company who refinances student loans, and it was found that about 13 percent of those who borrow for school don’t even know the interest rates on the student loans that they take out. Not only this, but nearly half of those people who have student loans out will put off buying their own home because of their student loan debt.
According to Forbes, not only did David Augustine Jr. work as a middle school math teacher but he also worked as a basketball coach part time to help make ends meet while he was rapping as a hobby. However, while he was teaching and coaching, he noticed how many of his students looked up to rappers more than any other adult so he decided to quit his teaching career and started rapping full time in 2010. If he would have started his rap career sooner, he could have been a bigger role model to the students he knew. However, the student loans he owed held him back for so long.
Now he is on his way to being a huge rapper in the music industry and making a name for himself instead of just another statistic paying off student loan debt.
For many years, he opened for bigger named artists such as Drake, Lil-Wayne, and The Roots before now being on his way to being a household name himself and being as big as the rest of the rappers in the country.