If there was any lingering doubt about Jay-Z‘s grasp beyond hip-hop and music, then look no further than your street corner newsstand for the latest TIME Magazine issue. On the cover of “100 Most Influential People in The World” for 2013 issue, Jay-Z shares this utmost honor with the likes of female rights activist Malala Yousafzai, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, Tea Party’s Favorite Rand Paul, tennis star Li Na, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, and Prince of Bollywood Aamir Khan. But as a true testament of Hova’s influences in realm of sports, politics, business, and popular culture in general, TIME‘s editors listed him under the “Titans” category instead, with fellow Captain of Industry, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, penning the brief introduction below:
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“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.