Being a player’s historically been essential to a rapper's image. While some MCs play the part, a chosen few really do swim in women with their own condominiums. On the eve of the Baddest Chick in the Game Tournament kick off, XXL takes a look at MCs who have been linked to their fair share of contestants. — XXL Staff

Kanye West

Yeezy doesn't do anything unless it's epic. His women are no different. After dating Amber Rose for two years, 'Ye's been linked to Selita Ebanks and Kim Kardashian.

Wiz Khalifa

Fine women is one of many perks Wiz Khalifa gets to enjoy now that he's a hip-hop's superstar. The "Black and Yellow" rapper is presently dating Amber Rose and was recently linked to Bad Girls Club alumnus Natalie Nunn.

Young Jeezy

The harder to get, the better for Jeezy. The Atlanta trapper dated Keyshia Cole and was linked to video vixen Angela Lola Luv.

Flo Rida

A late addition to the playa’s circle, Flo Rida infiltrated the conversation after allegedly dating Brandy and Eva Pigford of America’s Next Top Model fame within months of one another.

Swizz Beatz

Swizzie is the envy of many men. He was married to cutie R&B singer Mashonda for four years and wed Alicia Keys last July.

Fabolous

There’s a reason Fab is so good at making girl- friendly joints. Before making Love & Hip-Hop cast member Emily Bustamente his wifey, Fab reportedly dated Tahiry.

Nick Cannon

If Nick Cannon’s track record in hip-hop was anywhere near his body of work with women he’d be one of the dopest MCs in the game. Cannon wifed up Christina Milian, was engaged to Selita Ebanks and is now married to Mariah Carey.

Jay-Z

If his lyrics are any indication, the Jiggaman got to sow his wild oats before jumping the broom with the “hottest chick in the game.” Legend has it that one of the verse off of Kingdome Come’s “Lost Ones” discussed his relationship with actress Rosario Dawson and if there’s any truth to Nas’ “Ether” the God MC also had a fling with Foxy Brown in his early days.

Diddy

There's not arguing that Puff once dated the baddest chick in the game: J-Lo. Since severing ties with Jenny from the Block, Diddy's been linked to Danity Kane's Aubrey O'Day and Cassie, who is still rumored to be his girlfriend.

50 Cent

Sure, 50's been linked to Vivica A. Fox and Ciara, and There's been whispers of dealings with Nia Long and Elise Neal, and more recently Chelsea Handler, but it's the women we don't know about that has us wondering. On "Rider Music" Fif spits, "On the low, I done fucked half of Hollywood/Had your favorite actress from your favorite shows/In my favorite position, you know how it goes." Hmmmmmm. Who could it be?

Common

The ladies love Lonnie Lynn and he loves them right back. It's safe to say Com doesn't really have a type. After all he has athletes, singers and actresses on his resume. He likes them petite, yet curvy or brick house thick, light skinned or chocolate. The GOOD Music lyricist-turned-actor dated Erykah Badu for several years before being linked to Taraji P. Henson. Gossip blogs are presently obsessed with his on-again off-again relationship with Serena Williams.

Bow Wow

Bow went from making teenage girls cry at his shows to bagging chicks who rank high on hip-hop’s fantasy chart. He dated Ciara as a teenager, but later graduated to former video vixen Dollicia Bryan and Angela Simmons.

Drake

Chances are Drake's really been to a party where his ex girl, next girl and jump off stood next to one another without knowing. Like his rap career, the Toronto MC's done a lot in a short time when it comes to shorties. Drake had a fling with Rihanna, was involved with eye candy Maliah Michel and was recently linked to Taraji P. Henson. Word is “Bria’s Interlude” on So Far Gone was inspired by video vixen Bria Myles. Play on, playa.

Joe Budden

Who knew Jump Off was such an appropriate nickname for Joe Budden? It’s not uncommon to hear video vixens claim they don’t date rappers, but they apparently can’t resist Budden. Joe reportedly smashed Gloria Velez in her prime, made former girlfriend Tahiry Jose famous via his highly entertaining Joe Budden TV, briefly dated Somaya Reece and is now in a relationship with Esther Baxter. And judging from “I Couldn’t Help It” off 2009’s Padded Room, there’s more where that came from. We’re not worthy!

Lil Wayne

As it turns out Young Money’s “Every Girl” may have been literal. The notches on Weezy’s belt read like a 2011 revamped version of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Dreams.” In addition to his baby mothers, Toya Carter, Lauren London and Nivea, Lil Tunechi’s been romantically linked to Trina, Tammy Torres, Karrine “Superhead” Steffans, Teiarra Mari and Shanelle... allegedly. The man deserves his own bracket.