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Straight Outta Compton Actor Says He Drives A Toyota Prius, Offers Financial Advice

Straight Outta Compton Actor Says He Drives A Toyota Prius, Offers Financial Advice

BY:  John “Hennry” Harris

Aldis Hodge, an actor that plays MC Ren in the hit N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, was approached by TMZ as he was walking towards his car.  The conversation that followed was eye-opening and I don’t think the TMZ videographer was ready.

The videographer assumed that Hodge was walking towards a Range Rover and asked if that was his car, but the actor revealed that he drives a Toyota Prius.  Toyota Prius?  How gangsta is that?!

Hodge went on to speak about being financially responsible and explained that spending less money than you earn, investing in business and saving as much as you can are all ways to make money.AldisHodge

“This ain’t my Range, man. I’m in a Prius,” Aldis Hodge said. “I ain’t silly, brother. It ain’t nothing silly about driving a Range, but I save my money. Most people don’t even know how to treat money. They don’t know what money is. How real money is made. They think you get a job. You get a couple grand. You go buy the most expensive thing that you can. That’s not how you make money. You make money by—Get your check, spend less than you earn, stack away and save as much as you can, diversify, put that in the market, and invest in businesses. It’s not about driving flashy cars. It’s about having a very nice and healthy pension.”

Hodge is also an artist and was asked if it’s wise to invest money in art.  He revealed that art is not a bad investment, but he would not invest ALL of his money in art.

“I’m very well-invested, brother…I make art. Depends on the artist,” he said when asked if it’s smart to invest in art. “But I wouldn’t put all my money into it. But no, it’s not necessarily a bad investment.”

It is very refreshing to see a young artist be able to shy away from the stereotypical answers and have something meaningful to say.  The fact that he also is starring in Straight Outta Compton makes his words that much more important.

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