Kanye West has been included in Time Magazine‘s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and he would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The rapper features in the ‘Time 100’ list alongside the likes of Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift, Björk and Christopher Nolan, among many others.
In a video interview with Time, West described his own impact on pop culture. He said: “Every time I crash the internet, it’s like this little drop of truth. Every time I say something that is extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the internet. So what are we getting all the rest of the time?” The rapper continued to compare himself to school teachers and police officers.
He stated: “I don’t care about having a legacy or being remembered, the most important thing for me is… what can we do to make life doper for our kids… I take things that people take as a negative as an inspiration to do something better. There are school teachers that are on the exact same mission as me. There are police officers with the exact same mission as me. Just help, just give everything you got.”
Watch West’s video interview with Time below;
West was one of five influential people to score a TIME cover, along with actor Bradley Cooper, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ballet dancer Misty Copeland and Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos.
The annual list does not rank candidates, but groups them together into five categories of titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons.
It includes contributors writing about other people on the list, such as Richard Branson on AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes, Obama on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Pope Francis and Hillary Clinton on fellow politician Elizabeth Warren.
Among those categorised as leaders were Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Cuban President Raul Castro, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu and US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power.
Also on the list are Pope Francis, head of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen, 31-year-old billionaire Elizabeth Holmes, actresses Reese Witherspoon, Emma Watson and Laverne Cox, astronaut Scott Kelly, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Serial producer Sarah Koenig.by