In TIME’s annual most influential list, Dwayne [click here to read] beat out folks like Barack Obama [click here to read] and Vladimir Putin to take the number 12 spot.

“His Grammy-winning, multiplatinum album, Tha Carter III, was the perfect showcase for Wayne’s raw, hilarious and often outer-planetary rap style. And his Southern-gentleman act is legit, as evidenced by his slightly flirty interview with Katie Couric.”

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