“There’s a lot of things I’d have to say. I mean, it’s funny, it sounds like a cliché, but before I made all my beats, I listened to everything that made me listen to records. I was listening to the radio when I was three years old, listening to all the different kinds of music, it was all good, it was all good. I’m not surprised, especially from a young boy, as I said, because it was so much more fun than listening to school music or listening to the radio.”
Were you influenced by your family or by yourself?
“That question is so old, I mean, I mean I always listen and I try to think that I wasn’t influenced by my parents, but I will say I was influenced by the fact that I was born and raised in a very white suburb of Minneapolis, it’s a very white suburb. My parents raised me as a white American kid – I knew there were other people in the world like me, but nobody really talked about them because they weren’t very prominent. When I was a kid, I was so much more privileged. I know the stories that I was told, a lot of people talk about it in the media, but I’m not surprised that I wasn’t really influenced by it.”
An estimated 1.4 billion people now live in the world where there’s no sanitation and no clean water. In Africa, the number is at 1 billion. And in the U.S., it is estimated to be anywhere from 1 Billion to 15 Billion. The number of water and sanitation related deaths around the world is about the same now as it was in 1950. That’s according to an analysis of health data obtained by U.S. Geological Survey scientists and researchers from the International Labour Organization.
Of course, none of this gets people on a diet and away from the problem…or so we thought.
“We found the global increase of water-related deaths was in line with the estimated prevalence of anemia and impaired bone strength in children in developing countries,” write the researchers who have studied the data. “However, in the United States, we obtained the opposite result, where anemia is present in many developed and developing countries.”
I’m guessing that the U.S. population is an indication that the problem is still far worse than many realize, but hey, better we than him.
“If water and sanitation are not addressed as an urgent public health issue,”