The only rapper to make TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People Of 2024’ list
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The only rapper to make TIME's '100 Most Influential People Of 2024' list

Every year, TIME magazine publishes a list of 100 people they deem to have had the most impact in their respective fields. The list can consist of entrepreneurs, actors, musicians and more. However, this year, only one hip-hop MC has appeared on the list, and the inclusion of this artist is surprising, to say the least.

According to TIME, one of the most influential hip-hop musicians of 2024 is Atlanta’s 21 Savage. The ‘Bank Account’ rhymer burst onto the scene in the mid-2010s and was a member of XXL’s 2016 Freshmen class. Comprising Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage and Kodak, to name a few, the lyrical ability of the acts was considered subpar. However, Savage (real name Shéyaa Abraham-Joseph) has had musical longevity.

Another well-known artist who appeared on this year’s list is Afrobeat singer Burna Boy, who had a few words to say about Joseph’s inclusion alongside him on the magazine’s list. Giving a brief overview of why 21 Savage belongs on the list Burna wrote, “I trust my gut when it comes to my music and collaborations, and I find myself naturally drawn to artists like 21 Savage.”

He continued, “I like those who remain grounded in their convictions and consistently defy the constraints imposed upon them. Like 21, I know what it’s like to rise above challenging beginnings, and it makes his success all that much more remarkable.”

In 2019, the Atlanta act was held in an ICE immigration detention centre. As his unfortunate predicament played out, many thought it would be the end of his career. Furthermore, onlookers were under the impression it may have even resulted in a deportation. However, he died the odds.

Speaking about Joseph’s latest album and it’s high-quality, Burna wrote, “Throughout his work—including on his newest album, American Dream, which opens with a reflection by his mother on their immigration story—21 maintains an authenticity that resonates deeply.”

The Nigerian concluded, “I have recently had the privilege of sharing one of my most significant milestones with 21, performing with him at the Grammys. I’m excited to witness the greater evolution of his artistry and the impact he continues to make on the world stage.”

Many may not agree that 21 Savage has been the most influential figure of this year, and there is always much uproar when fans find out their favourite artists haven’t been included or considered. However, for this year, Joseph has secured hip-hop’s only spot.