Forbes has officially unleashed its “30 Under 30” list, and hip-hop is making a notable appearance. Landing on the cover of the coveted issue is 2015 alum and music category all-star A$AP Rocky, who is being heralded as “hip-hop’s new fashion mogul.” For this year’s roundup, the Music category acknowledges a slew of heavy hitters in 2015, such as Fetty Wap, The Weeknd and Metro Boomin.
From an initial screening list of more than 15,000 of the best of the best, the 600 women and men featured in the Forbes fifth annual 30 Under 30 are America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars. Name a business sector, social issue or essential institution, they are taking it on and changing the rules of the game– or creating entirely new playbooks. Some names on this year’s list you already know: NBA champ Stephen Curry, Star Wars: The Force Awakens leading man John Boyega, plus-sized supermodel Ashley Graham, Canadian crooner Shawn Mendes and YouTube gamer CaptainSparklez (Jordan Maron). Others are superstars in their own realms. After five years, our record for picking tomorrow’s superstars can be judged by the 2016 cover. Visit the link in our profile to see the full FORBES #30Under30 Class of 2016.
From the multi-platinum power of “Trap Queen” and “I Can’t Feel My Face,” to the man behind Future’s codeine craziness, power moves were also made by TDE. The president of Kendrick Lamar’s camp, Dave Free, makes an appearance on “30 Under 30,” along with the label’s go-to DJ and engineer, MixedByAli, and SchoolBoy Q. Producer Bo1-da, Grammy-nominate R&B newbie Kehlani, and Forbes “Hip-Hop Cash Princes” Rae Sremmurd also make the list.
Forbes’ “30 Under 30” also includes a few noteworthy Hollywood faces, such as Straight Outta Compton stars Corey Hawkins, O’Shea Jackson and Jason Mitchell. Empire star Bryshere Gray, Dope star Shameik Moore, Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead John Boyega and Zendaya were also given props on the list. Top sports honors this year went to NBA stars Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard, as well as NFL standouts Cam Newton and Russell Wilson.
Peep Forbes’ full “30 Under 30” Class of 2016” list here.