Hip-hop has endured a tricky relationship with artists who straddle different musical genres. In many cases, rap purists reject cross-over attempts as acts of betrayal, while music aficionados outside of the hip-hop community tend to view them with a skeptical eye.

Still, not every cross-over act has been a flop. Now, XXL has put together a list of 17 hip-hop acts who successfully managed to experiment with other genres of music.