Mahatma Gandhi. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Haile Selassie I. Winston Churchill. Jay-Z.
Furthering Jay-Z's rapid transformation into the United States' version of Bono, all of these people have now graced a Time Magazine cover.
OK, sure, so did Hitler. And Jay has to share it with six other people also receiving both the cover and the honor of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World," one of whom is Rand Paul. But it's still a pretty major move for the rapper, never mind hip-hop as a whole.
But if you really want to see how far the genre has has come, New York's Mayor Bloomberg actually writes up Jay-Z for the issue. Which is surreal on a number of levels. Did the Mayor listen to "Where I'm From" as part of his research before writing? We think so. Read what he has to say here.
Also included among the 100 Most Influential: Frank Ocean, Miguel, Justin Timberlake (whose write-up was penned by Stevie Wonder) and Beyonce. R&B is very influential, apparently.