Amid school cuts, local rapper makes video about paying off student loans
NEW ORLEANS -- Amid proposed cuts to TOPS funding and threats of school closings in the area, one New Orleans rapper has found a reason to celebrate; his student loans are paid off.
In a video that's gone viral, New Orleans rapper Dee-1 talks about paying "Sallie Mae Back", eight years after he graduated from LSU.
The Ben Franklin High School graduate-turned public school teacher opens his video by stating that student debt is out of control, and $1.2 trillion is owed in student loans in the U.S. It also states that after years of making the minimum payment on his student loans every month, Dee-1 used a chuck of money from a newly-signed record deal to completely pay Sallie Mae off.
Even the subject of the song noticed: