Now That Sallie Mae Is Good, Rapper Dee-1 Gets His Health Right
The video, which celebrates paying off student loans from banking company Sallie Mae, went viral through mainstream and social media.
The song struck such a chord in part because at least 40 million Americans have at least one outstanding student loan as of 2014, according to analysis from credit bureau Experian.
“Getting out of college, it’s hard to find jobs and make a comfortable living,” said Dee-1, who accumulated loan debt while attending Louisiana State University. “I can relate to that and wanted to tell my story and give people hope that they can work to get to the day when they can pay Sallie Mae back too.”
He knows that people can relate to the need to live healthier, as well.
“My brand is to be real, be righteous and be relevant,” he said. “It’s important to be living a high-quality life and you can’t do that if you don’t have health.”
Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
Nearly half of all African-American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease and the rate of high blood pressure among African-Americans is among the highest of any population in the world. Additionally, blacks have a risk of first-ever stroke that is almost twice that of whites.
African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and other ethnic minorities also bear a disproportionate burden of diabetes in the U.S.
But 80 percent of heart disease and stroke are preventable through lifestyle factors. So, learning about how lifestyle factors can affect health helped Dee-1, 26, see where he could make changes. He’s been trying to cut back on greasy, fried foods after realizing he was eating fast food nearly every day.