Whether by effort, skill or often both, 2013 offered up many names deserving of accolades; newcomers and veterans, varying in practice from music, art, and fashion to technology and media. Aiming to sensibly account for all achievements worth noting in 2013 is a lofty task, and while there are many deserving of commendation, this list pays respects to those that made the biggest leaps.

The big picture seems to revolve around the continual growth of a global culture through which news and trends can instantaneously spread. It is no longer surprising when something goes viral, rather it is expected. The digital age persists in creating and killing celebrities, seemingly offering a new name each day. In 2013, the overlap carried on; and never has there been a more eclectic mix involving street culture, with high fashion, sportswear and hip-hop all playing their parts. Street goths, bucket hats and floral prints arrived in full force, activewear and function became more prominent, rappers co-mingled with streetwear influencers, and multinational corporations patiently took notes. Meanwhile, we bore witness to Miley’s twerk seen around the world, Kanye unleashed the brilliance of Yeezus and a following barrage on radio programs, and it was our mission to keep you updated along the way. We present to you our inaugural listing of The HYPEBEAST Hundred.

Text: Chris Danforth

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A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky
Recording Artist
Aaron Levant
Aaron Levant
Founder of AGENDA
Adrianne Ho
Adrianne Ho
Model
Ai Weiwei
Ai Weiwei
Artist/Activist
Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang
Founder of Alexander Wang
Banksy
Banksy
Artist
Ben Clymer
Ben Clymer
Founder of HODINKEE
Big Sean
Big Sean
Recording Artist
Chris Gibbs
Chris Gibbs
Owner of UNION LA
Chris Stamp
Chris Stamp
Founder of Stampd
Daft Punk
Daft Punk
Producers/Recording Artist
Dan Houser
Dan Houser
Vice President of Creativity at Rockstar Games
Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham
Artist
Daniel Ek & Martin Loretzon
Daniel Ek & Martin Loretzon
Founders of Spotify
Danny Brown
Danny Brown
Recording Artist
David Karp
David Karp
Founder of Tumblr
David Obadia
David Obadia
Founder of BWGH
Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose
Athlete
Dirk Schönberger
Dirk Schönberger
Creative Director of Sports style at adidas
Drake
Drake
Recording Artist
Earl Sweatshirt
Earl Sweatshirt
Recording Artist
Eddie Huang
Eddie Huang
Author/TV Host/Chef
Edison Chen
Edison Chen
Founder of CLOT/Recording Artist
Eric Yang
Eric Yang
Founder of Gear Patrol
G-Dragon
G-Dragon
Recording Artist
Gemo Wong
Gemo Wong
Design Director Energy Products at Jordan Brand
Goro Takahashi
Goro Takahashi
Founder of Goro’s
Greg Lutze & Joel Flory
Greg Lutze & Joel Flory
Founders of VSCO
Hedi Slimane
Hedi Slimane
Designer for Saint Laurent Paris
Heron Preston
Heron Preston
Founder of Been Trill
Homma Masaaki
Homma Masaaki
Founder of mastermind JAPAN
Humberto Leon & Carol Lim
Humberto Leon & Carol Lim
Founders of Opening Ceremony/Creative Directors of KENZO
Ian Paley
Ian Paley
Founder of Garbstore
Imran Amed
Imran Amed
Founder of Business of Fashion
James Arizumi
James Arizumi
Global Design Director at Nike Golf
James Carnes
James Carnes
Sports Performance Creative Director at adidas
James Fauntleroy II
James Fauntleroy II
Producer/Recording Artist/Songwriter
James Jebbia
James Jebbia
Founder of Supreme
Jamie & Lyndon Cormack
Jamie & Lyndon Cormack
Founders of Herschel Supply Co.
Jasper Wong
Jasper Wong
Founder of POW! WOW!/Artist
Jay Z
Jay Z
Recording Artist/Designer/Entrepreneur
Jean Touitou
Jean Touitou
Founder of A.P.C.
Jhené Aiko
Jhené Aiko
Recording Artist
John Mayer
John Mayer
Artist
Jon Warren
Jon Warren
Head of Design at Vans
Jonathan Ive
Jonathan Ive
Senior Vice President of Design at Apple
Joshua Kissi & Travis Gumbs
Joshua Kissi & Travis Gumbs
Founders of Street Etiquette
JR
JR
Artist
Jun Takahashi
Jun Takahashi
Founder of UNDERCOVER
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
Recording Artist
Kanye West
Kanye West
Artist
KAWS
KAWS
Artist
Kazuro Hirai
Kazuro Hirai
CEO of Sony
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
Recording Artist
Kevin Poon
Kevin Poon
Founder of CLOT
Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger
Kevin Systrom & Mike Krieger
Founders of Instagram
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Athlete
Larry Page & Sergey Brin
Larry Page & Sergey Brin
Founders of Google
LeBron James
LeBron James
Athlete
Lee Kun-hee
Lee Kun-hee
Chairman of Samsung
Leith Testoni & Jonathan Yeo
Leith Testoni & Jonathan Yeo
Founders of Zanerobe
Lev Tanju
Lev Tanju
Founder of Palace Skateboards
M.I.A.
M.I.A.
Recording Artist
Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs
Founder of Marc Jacobs
Mark McNairy
Mark McNairy
Founder of Mark McNairy New Amsterdam/Designer
Masafumi Watanabe
Masafumi Watanabe
Designer at BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS
Matt Abergel & Lindsay Jang
Matt Abergel & Lindsay Jang
Founders of Yardbird and Ronin
Matt Sleep
Matt Sleep
Senior Designer at Converse FIRST STRING
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
Art Director at DONDA
MEGA
MEGA
Founder of Black Scale
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Recording Artist
Nabil Elderkin
Nabil Elderkin
Director
Nathan VanHook
Nathan VanHook
Footwear Design Director at Nike
Nicola Formichetti
Nicola Formichetti
Artistic Director at Diesel
Nicolas Ghesquière
Nicolas Ghesquière
Artistic Director of Women's Collections at Louis Vuitton
NIGO
NIGO
Founder of HUMAN MADE and Creative Director of Uniqlo UT
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
Recording Artist/Designer/Founder of Billionaire Boys Club
Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim
Founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip T. Annand
Phillip T. Annand
Founder of The Madbury Club
Pusha T
Pusha T
Recording Artist/Founder of Play Cloths
Raf Simons
Raf Simons
Founder of Raf Simons/Creative Director of Christian Dior
Riccardo Tisci
Riccardo Tisci
Creative Director for Givenchy
Rick Owens
Rick Owens
Founder of Rick Owens/Designer
Rob Dolan
Rob Dolan
Footwear Design Director for Nike Running
Rob Garcia
Rob Garcia
Founder of En Noir
Ronnie Fieg
Ronnie Fieg
Owner of KITH
Russ Karablin
Russ Karablin
Founder of SSUR
Sham Kar Wai
Sham Kar Wai
Founder of I.T
Shayne Oliver
Shayne Oliver
Founder of Hood By Air
SK8THING
SK8THING
Designer/Graphic Designer
Stephane Ashpool
Stephane Ashpool
Founder of Pigalle
Tetsuya Shono
Tetsuya Shono
Lifestyle Manager for New Balance Japan
Tim Cook
Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
TK
TK
Founder of SILLY THING
Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
Industrial Designer
trashhand
trashhand
Photographer
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler, the Creator
Producer/Recording Artist/Founder of OF
Valentin Ozich
Valentin Ozich
Founder of i love ugly
Virgil Abloh
Virgil Abloh
Creative Director of DONDA/Founder of Off-White
Yosuke Aizawa
Yosuke Aizawa
Founder of White Mountaineering