More often than not, Hip-Hop music videos follow a pretty basic formula: Rapper + Girls + Cars + Money = Video. It's a blueprint that's worked for decades, however predictable these videos have become. (Ahem, MMG?) Yesterday, Childish Gambino dropped the visual for "Fire Fly," from his 2011 album, Camp. A sci-fi love story, Gambino appears for only 5 seconds in the video, playing himself on the protagonists laptop. This prompted the XXL Staff to look back at other music videos in which rappers took a step outside the box (and outside the camera lens). Whether it be an artistic choice, a posthumous video, or a video recorded during a stint in jail, it really doesn't matter. Here's 10 Great Rap Videos Without Rappers In Them.—XXL Staff

Childish Gambino "Fire Fly," Camp (2011)

Childish Gambino

Kanye West "Good Morning," Graduation (2007)

Kanye Good Morning

Max B "Money Make Me Feel Better," Vigilante Season (2011)

Max B

Jay-Z featuring Pharell "I Know," American Gangster (2008)

Jay-Z I Know

Beastie Boys "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2 (2011)

Beastie Boys

Jay-Z & Kanye West "No Church In The Wild," Watch The Throne (2011)

No Church In The Wild

The Notorious B.I.G "Sky's The Limit," Life After Death (2010)

Sky's the limit

Gilbere Forte "Black Chukkas," 87 Dreams (2010)


Slick Rick "Behind Bars," Behind Bars (1994)

Slick Rick Behind Bars

Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck, GZA, Ghostface Killah, & Method Man "House of Flying Dragons," Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II (2009)

house of flying daggers