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Over the last 15 years, the combination of hip-hop and video games has had decidedly mixed results. While fans of rap and the electronic arts seem like an obvious match with their mutual love of colorful characters and escapist fantasy, hip-hop has often failed to translate across the gaming medium. Too many cheap cash-ins by artists and video game companies looking to make a quick buck off the fanatical devotees of particular artists have littered the scene with sub-par efforts from their licensed artists. Make no mistake, there are games worth your time, though. You can only look to the success that Def Jam has had in marketing video games for their artists over the years to know that video games and rap can make great partners.

XXL has compiled a list of some of the most noted and fondly remembered games in the medium.