Spotify is branching out from piping your favorite Diplo track into your ears to piping Diplo's thoughts on student debt through your headphones instead. Clarify, a new venture between Spotify and Mic, will feature "weekly audio and video programming on Tuesdays through Election Day" including "musicians [talking] about millennial issues," Politico reports. First up: Student debt.
Comedian Baratunde Thurston moderates with millennial-friendly facts: For instance, the average student debt is money that could be put toward a car, retirement, "or [used to] watch Netflix for 300 years." His first guest, Diplo, might not exactly be the typical American suffering from student debt — the DJ is worth an estimated $15 million — but before he made it big, Diplo recalled the oppressive weight of debt when he was attending Temple University in Philadelphia. "I took out loans, I borrowed money from my family, I had jobs all the time. Paying rent and just buying food is difficult. That's the most difficult thing," Diplo told Thurston.
And while his debt might be under control now, Diplo, a Bernie Sanders supporter, said he sees a lot of his friends and family struggling: "Everybody I know has debt. I'm a very small percentage, lucky story where I just happened to strike gold, I was able to make money in my profession. Thank God, I don't know what I would do if I didn't make money. I'd be back in Florida. Back in the swamp," he said.
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