When Kanye West spazzed on Sway, saying he’s the most impactful artist of the current generation, it seems he convinced a few people, including TIME Magazine.
The rap star lands one of the covers of the mag’s latest “100 Most Influential People” issue.
Below is what TIME had to say about Ye:
Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity — he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut — got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose. In his debut album, over a decade ago, Kanye issued what amounted to a social critique and a call to arms (with a beat): “We rappers is role models: we rap, we don’t think.” But Kanye does think. Constantly. About everything. And he wants everybody else to do the same: to engage, question, push boundaries. Now that he’s a pop-culture juggernaut, he has the platform to achieve just that. He’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process. Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why.
In addition to Kanye, the list includes Apple head Tim Cook, Youtube CEO Susan Wojcicki, FOX’s Empire producer Lee Daniels, Kim Kardashian, actress Emma Watson, Bradley Cooper, fashion designer Alexander Wang and Kevin Hart, among others.
See the full list over at TIME.com.