Gracing the cover of Time's coveted “100 Most Influential People In The World” issue is mega-music mogul Jay-Z.

Over the course of a year, Mr. Carter used his ever-expanding brand to put his mark on the recently moved Brooklyn Nets (only to promptly sell his minimal shares with the team and become the leader of a sports agency), created the Made In America music festival in Philadelphia, and even made waves with a trip to Cuba. (He's also married to Beyoncé, which is a pretty big deal in its own right.)

In the issue, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke on behalf of his influence, saying: “Jay-Z 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. When no one would sign him to a record contract, he created his own label and built a music empire — before going on to design clothing lines, open sports bars and, most recently, represent professional athletes. 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.”

The issue will be released Saturday, April 20th.