All these cats talkin about what got; people, at least in out here in LA, think that if you don't have rims on your car or $400 dollar shoes you ain't shit. These kids see all that and they want it as soon as possible. I remember in my highschool (a public school in LA) a new Civic wasn't nothin, you gotta at least put some 17"s on it! It's instant gratification, and 4 years of college is not instant.
I was watching one of those court shows one day and there was this little kid, twelve or thirteen years old, that got caught selling crack. When the judge asked him about it, he said "I'm tryin to get paid!"
I know that's not the whole problem, but I think it's definetly a factor