10 Great Rap Videos Without Rappers In Them

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    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, <i>Camp</i>. A sci-fi love story, Gambino appears for only 5 seconds in the video, playing himself on the protagonists laptop. This prompted the <i>XXL</i> 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.&#8212<i>XXL Staff</i>
  • Childish Gambino
    Childish Gambino "Fire Fly," <i>Camp</i> (2011)
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  • Kanye Good Morning
    Kanye West "Good Morning," <i>Graduation</i> (2007)
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  • Max B
    Max B "Money Make Me Feel Better," <i>Vigilante Season</i> (2011)
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  • Jay-Z I Know
    Jay-Z featuring Pharell "I Know," <i>American Gangster</i> (2008)
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  • Beastie Boys
    Beastie Boys "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win," <i>Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2</i> (2011)
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  • No Church In The Wild
    Jay-Z & Kanye West "No Church In The Wild," <i>Watch The Throne</i> (2011)
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  • Sky's the limit
    The Notorious B.I.G "Sky's The Limit," <i>Life After Death</i> (2010)
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  • Chukkas
    Gilbere Forte "Black Chukkas," <i>87 Dreams</i> (2010)
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  • Slick Rick Behind Bars
    Slick Rick "Behind Bars," <i>Behind Bars</i> (1994)
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  • house of flying daggers
    Raekwon featuring Inspectah Deck, GZA, Ghostface Killah, & Method Man "House of Flying Dragons," <i>Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II</i> (2009)
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  • http://www.wecantallbesnakes.com Fal Snake

    how could you put this fuckboy in your mag! ive lost respect for your institution. how do you be the best man in somebodies wedding,the Godfather to they’re first born then try to fuck they’re wife. his own sister got his baby mother hooked up with other dicks smmfh he cant do a show anywhere in the bmore/dmv area real talk he know niggas going to hit that big ass head.

    • BMORE410

      sound like u doing something right u got a hater u just dropped a monster #SUMMERNIGHTS lookn forward to ur shows dont stop for them bitter hearts

    • Hov

      This a good look Shawty, That “SummerNights” is fire. Keep up the good work B’more stand up. I’ve seen this man perform over 20 times in Baltimore and nobody hit that Big head Yet. LLs….. Damn niggas 30 years old and Tweefing. Lmao

    • H8ters Redemption

      Hahahaa… llab at this dude. MAN the F*ck up homie. Niggas Bitches get fucked everyday. Why does the hate appear when the shine come about?? U seem to be the fuckboy here pimp! As far as dude getting his head hit… Think twice, eyes r open… WE C U!

  • Karla

    Internet thugging at it’s finest! IDK whether to lmao or smdh! If you hate this man so much why bother to even read this article? Matter of fact, how did you even find out about this article? You must have been stalking his twitter and/or facebook. How pathetic and miserable are you, a grown man, to stalk another grown man’s social networks just to post lies! I’m sure Al Great is nowhere checking for you. I feel sorry for you, I really do! I pray you get your life together or get one all together so you can stop hating on this positive black man trying to do his thing.

    Peace and blessings to you and yours because you definitely need them.

  • Ron Smith

    im a Fan ! we need more

  • 28

    And the author of that gonna be ur homie. LMAO

  • RIDDY

    Al Great is the next big thing from B-More his lyrics make you listen and think and after the verse you will say okay i get that shit similar to a Kanye style with a Jay Flo, Nigga stop hating you sound like a BITCH!

  • Me

    This dude the shit

  • http://www.wecantallbegreat.com eDoTT

    GREAT WORK, GRIND HARD, & KEEP MOVING… “With God on your side, who could be against you?”

  • HipHopElite

    downloaded your album ‘Summer Nights’ homie, LOVE that joint! We bumping it out here. Keep Moving. Nice interview, love ur approach on the hip hop game

  • Hess

    You the Fuck Boy Fal Snake…Get a life Loser!!

  • 21ST AND GREENMOUNT

    ON SOME REAL SHIT @FAL SNAKE THATS SOME HATING ASS SHIT HOMIE… IF U GOT PERSONAL ISSUE WITH MY LIL AL.. ADDRESS THAT SHIT LIKE A MAN.. FACE TO FACE THIS INTERNET GANGSTER SHIT IS PHONY HOMIE… ALL THAT KILLER SHIT… A REALLY KILLER ANIT ON NO COMPUTER POSTING BS… OVER SOME PUSSY G… U CAUGHT UP IN UR FEELINGS HOMIE… AND IF A NIGGA TOUCH HIM NIGGAZ GONNA SEE WHAT IT IS… U ALREADY GAVE UP WHO U ARE G… #DUMBSHIT

  • New Fan!

    LOVE IT ALL! Good work homie

  • ron smith

    fuck haters ! al great is the shit bitch!!!!