Student loan debt is no joke!
Last year, a study found that 2015 college graduates had an average of $35,000 in debt once they finished school.
There are a number of factors that play into the costs — including textbooks — and discussion of the financial burden placed on young adults after they've attended a university now stretches from art to politics.
Jumping into the discussion is David Augustine Jr., better known as rapper Dee-1. The New Orleans emcee is out with a song called "Sallie Mae Back," in which he celebrates finally paying off the debt accrued during his time at Louisiana State University.
"I wanted to address something serious but in a lighthearted and fun way," Dee-1 told theGrio, also noting he was the first male in his family to graduate from college.
And he succeeds, with the lyrics, "For those who doubted me / This is payback / And I've been on my grizzy / Since way back / No sir, I don't drive a Maybach / But guess what I did? / I finished paying Sallie Mae back."
Throughout the clip, partially filmed at LSU, Dee-1 can be seen tearing up loan papers at a financial aid office, partying up with college-aged kids at a frat party, and sporting a T-shirt that reads, "I Finished!" He even drives around a Maybach — even though it's a rental.
While the old adage in hip-hop — "mo' money, mo' problems" — persists in an age where many rap videos feature sponsorships, product placements, and excessively expensive goods, Dee-1 brings rap back down to Earth, and invites everyone who also suffers from debt to stay focused and look forward to the day they don't have to send any more checks to Sallie Mae.