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.
Props for including Danger Mouse, but Bjork? And how is Jay Z below her…
Remember, the ranking is based on influence in the 21st century.
The truth is – pop music is released constantly, yet the trends rarely change. Going from Britney to Gaga is a huge step and it wouldn’t be possible (or acceptable) if not for Bjork.
Sadly, Jay Z doesn’t have as many followers.
I’m Sorry But Coldplay Should’ve Been On This List
Kanye West should be far, far higher. His influence on hiphop (the most popular genre in the US) in indisputable. He’s also a massive pop culture icon and hugely influential in other industries (fashion.) Eminem really isn’t that influential at all when it comes to developing the genre of hiphop
Kanye West is an insane moron.
No he’s not, he’s a genius, but at the end of the day he’s human like everyone else and he has his bad moments, the difference is his bad moments are on the spotlight 24/7, i mean people are still talking about stuff he said years ago. Most people that call him crazy have barely heard his music which is obviously the reason why they don’t understand his genius.