Kanye West is finally getting the credit he always knew he deserved and all is right in the world. The rapper appears on TIME‘s list of 100 most Influential people, named a titan, which judging from his overwhelming influence, seems quite fitting. Whether or not you like this attitude, the rapper has not only managed to change the course of hip-hop music, but also broken into the fashion world, a feat difficult for everyone, even rappers with an enormous fan base and lots of money behind them.
Kanye has in the past been very vocal about his struggles to be accepted by the fashion world, but for all his griping, it turns out West was actually glad he got snubbed by industry bigwigs at first. “When I entered the fashion world and I encountered a lot of elitism and all that, it just made me happy. It was something fun. We had the entire world against us. There were absolutely no allies,” he said in a video for TIME. He discusses a time when editors wouldn’t even come to re-see his collection, telling his fashion publicist, “Remember this moment because it won’t always be like this.”
Kanye is on the list with a host of names including Apple’s Tim Cook, Empire creator Lee Daniels, Emma Watson, Misty Copeland, Laverne Cox, Diane Von Furstenberg, Taylor Swift and his wife, Kim Kardashian, who is dubbed the First Lady of Fame. Kardashian is listed for her modern take on fame, family and flamboyance, which have all made her arguably one of the most influential people in the media.
So for those of you who are getting sick of hearing about the power couple, you might as well just get over it. Kimye is here to stay – and will continue to shape pop culture for as long as we keep watching them.