Elon Musk Reveals Why He Loves The One Thing We All Hate About Kanye West

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It turns out Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is a big fan of Kanye West. A little of it might be about his music; a lot of it has to do with his tenacious personality and extreme confidence in himself.

Musk basically confirmed Kanye’s hotly debated genius with a glowing profile for Kanye’s spot in Time’s 100 “Most Influential People.” Here’s what the billionaire entrepreneur said of “the voice of this generation:”

“Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity — he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut (‘Thru the Wire’) — got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose. In his debut album, over a decade ago, Kanye issued what amounted to a social critique and a call to arms (with a beat): ‘We rappers is role models: we rap, we don’t think.’ But Kanye does think. Constantly. About everything. And he wants everybody else to do the same: to engage, question, push boundaries. Now that he’s a pop-culture juggernaut, he has the platform to achieve just that. He’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process. Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why.”

Kanye’s controversial other half, Kim Kardashian, also made Time’s list — her profile was written by none other than Martha Stewart. Here’s a little of what she said:

“Why? Why? Why? we might ask ourselves. Here are some very good reasons.

Beautiful in an exotic, totally exaggerated way, Kim exudes energy, sexuality, drama, determination, impetuousness and happiness. But she and her famous, entrepreneurial siblings—shepherded by a savvy, tireless matriarch—have also expanded the very definition of family.”

Time’s list also includes profiles of Tim Cook by John Lewis, Bob Iger by Rupert Murdoch, Reid Hoffman by Sean Parker, Hillary Clinton by Laurene Powell Jobs, and and a not so sterling profile of Kim Jong Un by Kang Cheol Hwan.

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