In Hip Hop History Today: Nas Premieres Controversial Music Video for Hate Me Now April 15, 1999

“Hate Me Now” is a 1999 hip hop single by rapper Nas featuring Puff Daddy. The backbeat is inspired by, and contains some samples from, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. It was ranked 119 on xxl’s best songs of the 90’s. The music video for the single, directed by Hype Williams and featuring Nas being crucified, was the subject of extreme controversy, as the original edit also featured Puff Daddy on the cross. A Catholic, Puffy had demanded that his crucifixion scene be excised from the broadcast edit of the video, but the wrong edit was sent to MTV and aired on April 15, 1999. Within minutes of the broadcast, Puffy had barged into the offices of Nas’ manager Steve Stoute with several bodyguards, and struck Stoute over the head with a champagne bottle. Stoute later sued Puffy, the suit was settled out of court. Watch the video below.

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