Out of retirement and out on the road this fall, Jay-Z wants to use his power for good. Throughout his world tour, the rapper/Def Jam president will visit poor regions of the world lacking clean water in an effort to convince young people to conserve the natural resource. “As I started looking around and looking at ways I can become helpful, it started with water. Something as simple as water,” Jay said during a news conference at U.N. headquarters today, according to reports. “Young people need to know the problem exists.” In announcing a partnership with the rapper, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said more than a billion people across the globe lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion have no access to proper sanitation.
Jay-Z will also narrate an MTV documentary titled “Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life” airing Nov. 24. The rapper’s tour kicks off Sept. 9. No further details of the tour have been announced.
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