Jay-Z graces the cover of TIME Magazine with a profile written by the Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Jay-Z's influence is seen not only in hip-hop, but in so many aspects of culture that the rapper landed the cover for TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People In The World" issue.
New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg provided a write-up about Hov for the magazine as well. Read that below, and check out Jay-Z's cover above.
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 â 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 â before going on to design clothing lines, open sports bars and, most recently, represent professional athletes. Heâs 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. Heâs never forgotten his roots â âEmpire State of Mindâ was a love song to our city â 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 heâs tried, heâs found success. (He even put a ring on BeyoncÃ©.) And in doing so, heâs proved that the American Dream is alive and well.