In addition to becoming music’s first billionaire couple, Jay-Z is also one of the most influential people in the world as he bedecks the cover of Time Magazine. And with all of the Grammys, world tours and business ventures under his belt, it’s hard to imagine him not. Who could imagine that a drug dealing youngster from Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects would go onto become former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc Nation, co-owner of the 40/40 Club, co-creator of Rocawear, co-owner of the Barclay Center and share owner of the Brooklyn Nets? A far cry from his humble beginnings.
Here what New York mayor Michael Bloomberg had to say about the entrepreneurial rapper:
“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.”
Beyonce also made the cut, with article written by The Great Gatsby director, Baz Luhrmann.
Read the entire list by clicking here. Who do you think should be included but was not?
Moral Of The Story: Be hungry. Constantly strive to be the best you. Never become complacent. Don’t be afraid of your past. That chapter is done. It’s not about where you are. It’s always about where you’re going.
Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock