5. Jay Z
With his clothing line, his chain of bars and his record label, it’s a wonder how Jay Z finds time to sign all of his endorsement deals. So, the fact that the rapper consistently releases new records (and, apparently, runs New York) is impressive to say the least.
Jay Z is a name synonymous with 21st-century hip hop. And his all-encompassing influence as a producer is undeniable. Musicians who he signs (namely The Neptunes and Kanye West) become superstars; while superstars who oppose him (Nas, Lil Wayne, Birdman, etc.) are stripped of their status.