Nas - Hate Me Now ft

Nas - Hate Me Now ft. Puff Daddy

The cut version of the "Hate Me Now" video..

In early 1999, a music video was produced for Nas' single "Hate Me Now", featuring Puff Daddy, from Nas' third album, I Am..., the followup to 1996's hugely successful It Was Written. The video, directed by Hype Williams, controversially depicted the two rappers being crucified (amongst other things).

Before the video was to air, Puff Daddy (being a devout Catholic) spoke to his priest and decided that he wanted his crucifixion scene cut from the video, however, when it premiered on Total Request Live on April 15, 1999, the original cut was accidentally shown, and within minutes, Puff Daddy had burst into the office of Steve Stoute (Nas' manager), with several bodyguards, and struck Stoute over the head with a champagne bottle, allegedly taking (and presumably destroying) the master tape afterwards. This led to a lawsuit being filed against Puff Daddy by Stoute, but it was later settled out of court. The original cut of the video hasn't been seen since then, and the only likely chance of it surfacing would rely on someone having taped the original broadcast.

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