I mean, let's not discredit Pharrell here just to big up Ye
Pharrell IS a hip-hop (and to a larger degree, style) cultural icon. He and Kanye can coexist in this universe. One being a culturally influential leader doesn't mean the other isn't.
The only reason people are even fighting over the two in this thread is because they both occupied a lane that involved doing what was considered "White people stuff" like skating, wearing polos, hooking up with blonde super models, and being intrigued by the Japanese.
Outside of that, there isn't much different between them and Swizz, and a bunch of the other big super producers/artists/fashion interested musicians of the early aughts.
Those are just the two-three biggest faces that casual hip hop fans are up on.
Diddy did all this **** too. And they're all leaders.