Jay-Z headed up the TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, joining President Obama, actress Lena Dunham, and Justin Timberlake. The rapper nabbed one of the seven covers the magazine is releasing for the special issue.
“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.”
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Photos by: Mark Seliger for TIME
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Hov. Timbaland. Swizzy.
“The world’s under new management.”
“Y’all gon’ learn today.”
Forbes has run its annual five wealthiest rappers of the year list, and some familiar names appear at the top.
Diddy and Jay-Z took the top two spots on Forbes’ richest rappers of 2013 list, with their net worth estimated at $580 million and $475 million, repsectively. Other artists on the list include perennial Forbes Five members Dr. Dre ($350 million), Birdman ($150 million) and 50 Cent ($125 million).
Last year, all five rappers/moguls made the Forbes Five list in the exact same order. – XXL