Justin Timberlake, Lupe Fiasco, and Kenna are taking on Mt. Kilimanjaro, speaking truth to power. This summer, the three musicians will trek Africa’s highest peak to champion a clean water campaign orchestrated by MTV. Lupe, who will only use six Tanzanian sherpas instead of eight, told reporters that with each step up the mountain a new water pump will be installed in an unnamed African village. He also noted that:
“Part of the motivation [of completing the climb] is beating Kenna to the top. Sabotaging his tent, taking the lining out of his coat, lacing it with ants or something like that.”
The real competition to beat though will be Timberland, who is having a Louis Vuitton sleeping bag specially designed for this trip. Supposedly, Timberland told GQ Magazine:
“I’ve been training four times a week to get my VO2 [oxygen consumption] levels up to expand my lungs. We’ll climb for a week straight, carrying 30 pounds on our backs. It’s going to be intense, but it’s going to be so rewarding. Plus, we’re going to be ready for it.”
In other words, climbing Kilimanjaro for clean water will be good because they are ready because they are good because they are ready. However, to honor those who don’t have clean water, the Hip Hoppers will not buy any ‘My friend climbed Kili and I”ll got was this Stupid T-shirt” souvenirs.