TIME Magazine has long maintained a very respected and highly anticipated list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” The broad reaching list sees nearly ever sphere and industry encompassed within its umbrella from celebrities and artists to business moguls, titans and pioneers. Released annually, the latest installment sees none other than Jay-Z grace the cover of the latest issue. Jay’s feature onTIME Magazine received an honorary writeup from the New York mayor himself, Michael Bloomberg, that read:
“Jay Z embodies so much of what makes New York New York. A kid from a tough neighborhood who grows up in public housing, overcomes lots of bad influences on the street, never lets go of his dream, makes it to the top — and then keeps going, pursuing new outlets for his creativity and ambition. When no one would sign him to a record contract, he created his own label and built a music empire — before going on to design clothing lines, open sports bars and, most recently, represent professional athletes. He’s an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America, and his influence stretches across races, religions and regions. He’s never forgotten his roots — “Empire State of Mind” was a love song to our city — and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood. In nearly everything he’s tried, he’s found success. (He even put a ring on Beyoncé.) And in doing so, he’s proved that the American Dream is alive and well. Bloomberg is the 108th mayor of New York City.”
You can find out further information about the list and see everyone who made it here.