Kanye West Covers TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Influential People Edition

This year’s TIME Magazine of The World’s Most Influential People edition features a cover of Kanye West. I’m sure that a lot of people will be in their feelings about this, but you are delusional if you don’t think Kanye West is influential. You can watch a video and read an excerpt of his interview below, or catch more of his & others right here.

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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