From his music, to his collaboration with Adidas, all the way down to changing the bible (kind of LOL,) it is safe to say Kanye West has made it to TIME magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People.’

The annual list consists of titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons, and this year, both Kanye West and Kim Kardashian made the list…although most would ask, why is Kim Kardashian on that list? Isn’t she just famous for making a sex tape? Is that really influential? But, she most definitely turned a negative into a positive, by branding her last name to almost everything, from multiple television shows to from clothing lines, hair products, makeup and many more endorsements.

Back to Mr.West, who TIME magazine refers to as a Boundary Breaker, here’s what they had to say:

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.


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