Given his financial success, the Saint Laurent Don has come to understand the importance of financial literacy, and he isn’t being stingy with the knowledge either. After performing the widely successful single “Bank Account” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, 21 revealed the launch of an impactful campaign named after his hit single.
The campaign helps kids open bank accounts while learning how to obtain and save money. He’s donated $21,000 to 21 teens so each can use $1,000 to start a healthy collection. Rolling Stone notes that Savage partnered with Get Schooled to teach youth the differences between credit and debit cards, avoid being nickel-and-dimed by banking fees and the keys to creating and sticking to a budget.
“Now that I do have money in my bank account, I want to help kids with a background similar to mine to get smart about their money,” 21 said “The richest people I’ve ever met didn’t have jewelry. I ain’t wearing no jewelry because I want to be rich! At first, motherf**kers do sh*t because they ain’t ever had nothing. A lot of these ni**as be having more jewelry than money in their bank account. I ain’t like that.”
It is definitely a beautiful thing to see someone with so much influence making an effort to do a positive deed in the lives of young people, especially for those who come from a less fortunate upbringing, as 21 Savage did himself. Financial literacy is an important tool that differentiates someone who is rich, and someone who is wealthy. Thank you, 21 Savage for wanting to see us all have 1, 2, 3, or 4 M’s in our bank accounts!