Jay-Z will be on the cover of Time Magazine’s upcoming “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg writing an article about him.
Bloomberg praises Jay’s ability to balance artistry with business acumen, and says Hov “embodies so much of what makes New York New York.”
“A kid from a tough neighborhood who grows up in public housing, overcomes lots of bad influences on the street, never lets go of his dream, makes it to the top — and then keeps going, pursuing new outlets for his creativity and ambition.”
Bloomberg also praises Jay-Z for creating his own label and building “a music empire.” He recognizes Jay-Z’s business savvy with clothing lines, sports bars and his recent goal to “represent professional athletes.” Later, he talks about New York, giving Jay-Z credit for never forgetting “his roots.”
“He’s an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America, and his influence stretches across races, religions and regions,” Bloomberg continues. “He’s never forgotten his roots — “Empire State of Mind” was a love song to our city — and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood.”
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