The fact that many rappers own swanky mansions isn't anything revelatory. Look at the recent purchases of Birdman and Rick Ross. The topic has been done to death by dozens of other publications in the past. However, it doesn't make it any less interesting to see the expansive properties of our favorite hip-hop icons, especially when you look at artists' individual architectural penchants.

While we don't profess to be architectural experts, XXL has decided to examine 24 properties owned by rappers in the context of a number of architectural schools of thought.