icons of the genre, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Kanye West, effortlessly telegraph cool.
Other people did it, in their day, using their own icons and idioms.
One could almost put the hierarchy of icons in descending order of: Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr, and Barack Obama.
also ikon, 1570s, "image, figure, representation," from Late Latin icon, from Greek eikon "likeness, image, portrait," related to eikenai "be like, look like," of unknown origin. Eastern Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded 1982.