Jay-Z Covers Time Magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People In The World" Issue

posted Thursday April 18 ,2013 at 09:20AM CDT | 62 comments

Jay-Z Covers Time Magazine's

With New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg writing about him, Jay-Z lands on the cover of Time Magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People In The World" issue.

Jay-Z is on the cover of Time Magazine. The entrepreneurial emcee is on the cover of the publication's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" issue. 

The article in the magazine was written by New York City, New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In the piece, Mayor Bloomberg writes that Jay-Z embodies the New York spirit and that he proves "the American Dream is alive and well." 

"Jay-Z embodies so much of what makes New York New York," Bloomberg explains in the article, which can be found at Time. "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." 

Bloomberg also praises Jay-Z for creating his own label and building "a music empire." He recognizes Jay-Z's business savvy with clothing lines, sports bars and his recent goal to "represent professional athletes." Later, he talks about New York, giving Jay-Z credit for never forgetting "his roots."

"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," Bloomberg continues. "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." 

Bloomberg also congratulates Jay for his marriage with Beyonce before noting that he brings hope that the American Dream still exists.

"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." 

The cover, shot by photographer Mark Seliger, can be viewed below. More from the article can be found at Time Magazine. Other influential people in the issue include Michelle Obama, Frank Ocean, LeBron James and Beyonce

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  • Anonymous
    "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" "A selfish camel from an area thats home to mostly white hipsters now. Made millions rapping about bad influences he never actually went through. Never lets go of his dream and makes it to the top by throwing people under the bus"
  • Dick B
    Black and ugly as ever.
  • Anonymous
    ja rule's music heals aids
    • Anonymous
      And chest colds.
  • Anonymous
    ja rule's a real nigga
  • Anonymous
    ja rule ain't a fag
  • Anonymous
    jay z wanted to suck ja rule's dick. But ja rule didn't let that shit happen, he ain't gay yo
  • Anonymous
    when you listen to ja rule, you listen to godly music
  • Anonymous
    ja rule got a long dick and he fucked your bitches
  • Anonymous
    ja rule the most influential
  • Anonymous
    operation bring back ja rule by JA RULE ARMY
  • Anonymous
    ja rule invented rap, so he's the most influental nigga ever
  • Anonymous
    ja rule should be on the cover, everyone knows the rulinator is the best
  • Anonymous
    ja rule got that swag in him to kill niggaz
  • Anonymous
    jay z don't want it with ja
  • Anonymous
    What a sad story and my god! so many lies, everyone knows ja rule is the most influental nigga in the world.. he went 22 times platinum just last year
  • Anonymous
    ja rule could destroy jay z, easy
  • Anonymous
    ja rule got that power, he could destroy jay z
  • Anonymous
    ja rule should be on the cover yo
  • Anonymous
    LIL WAYNE STRARTED SWAG RAP LIL WAYNE STARTED SKINNY JEANS LIL WAYNE HELPED ESTABLISH MIXTAPES LIL WAYNE STARTED THE PHRASE BLING BLING. LIL WAYNE IS FAR MORE INFLUECIAL THAN THIS GAY Z
    • Anonymous
      Dipset started swag rap, everyone's been wearing skinny jeans since the 80s, 50 Cent is the one who established mixtapes, nobody says bling-bling anymore, so Wayne is FAR from influential at ALL. Jay-Z has done more for hip-hop than Gayne.
  • Geo7
    Who, Jay-Z the rapper? That in my lifetime %@$%^&? That skinny %$^!@ on the boat?
    • Anonymous
      haha. nah ain't no rapper going to be on that shit. please
    • Betrue
      Nice...lmao.
  • Sacking
    Proud moment!!
  • ahah
    Haha aw man, why u all cryin? Are y'all really this jealous?
  • wolfman
    Comment section is always a sad place on here. Commenting on Jay's "terrible" pic and Beyonce "without make-up," talkin like you could even land an old, fat-version of Beyonce. This is all the creativity you have? No wonder Hov is the Giant he is. Walking among kids with no talent, just bench-warmers. Try to learn something, today.
  • rulator
    fuck time, ja rule should be on da cover!
  • Anonymous
    Where's that nigga dentaldamboy at? I know that white boy is pissed off right now with his extreme hatred of Hov and the fact that Birdman didn't make the list.
  • Anonymous
    This is just ONEEE of the MANNY Time covers. Jay is not the main one. He da GOAT, but cmon son
  • Anonymous
    Congrats Jigga.
  • DavidDanielz
    Wow, Jay is the most successful hiphop artist of all time. The MJ of rap. Good look Jay, good look.
  • Hip Hop
    Nas doe.
  • ETK
    that's the only prize you need to cherish Jay cause the Nets ain;t gonna bring nothin for ya first round exit courtesy of the Bulls. you better be plannin a second trip to Cuba cause its gon be ugly
    • donnis mac
      He has to sell his minority stake to be an agent. We all know he'll pop up with a Knicks hat next year so let's move on.....
  • Anonymous
    Has Mayor Bloomberg seen Beyonce without makeup on?
  • Martin
    Real men don't speak on another man's looks. That's straight faggotry man. These drake era niggas fruity as hell
    • Anonymous
      what u wearing?
    • PF215
      "These drake era niggas fruity as hell" ROFL... That shit made me laugh
  • Obviously
    This Camel lookin nigga need to be on the cover of National Geographic.
    • Anonymous
      mad cause jay bigger than you HA?
  • Trollhunter
    HATERS...WHERE ARRRRRRREEEEEEEE YOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUU? COME OUT COME OUT WHEREEVER YOU ARE
  • Anonymous
    Jay-Z is an ugly muthafucka
  • Anonymous
    UGG MUGG
  • Anonymous
    for a second there i thought that said JOE BUDDEN
  • Anonymous
    he should be on the cover of LIPS magazine
  • Anonymous
    damn! those LIPS
  • Anonymous
    this nigga should be on the corner of LIPS magazine. smh!
  • SDK
    THIS IS AMERICA OPINION