Time Magazine has named Outkast, Jay-Z and Kanye West as three of the world's 100 most influential people.
The list features an eclectic mix of people who made an extreme impact on the world and in addition to the rappers includes inventors, political strategists and even terrorists.
The magazine's managing editor told the associated press that the reason for such a diverse group is that "influence can be defined in a myriad of ways."
Among those profiled in the now annual project are southern group Outkast, Jay-Z and Kanye West, as well as actor Jamie Foxx, Oprah Winfrey, Lebron James and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
Also named to the list are Clint Eastwood, Martha Stewart, Karl Rove, architect of George Bush's re-election campaign and terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The magazine first compiled the list in 1999 when it selected the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.