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Nas premieres controversial “Hate Me Now” video on TRL (1999)

Release Date April 15, 1999

Nas’ “Hate Me Now” featuring Puff Daddy premiered on MTV’s TRL Live. A scene of Puffy being crucified was included in the original video; however, Puffy—being a catholic—contacted Stoute requesting all footage of him interacting with the cross be removed. The wrong edit was incorrectly sent to MTV and TRL and aired on April 15, 1999. Within minutes of the broadcast, Puffy had barged into the offices of manager Steve Stoute with several bodyguards and struck Stoute over the head with a champagne bottle.