Top Stories

Most Controversial & Banned Music Videos of All Time

Jay-Z, “99 Problems” (Watch on TIDAL)

The 2004 Mark Romanek-directed music video for one of Jay‘s classics is also surrounded in controversy.

While it won at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Cinematography, it was also criticized for depictions of dog-fighting. And in the most controversial scene, Jay-Z is shot with multiple bullets.

Before any airing on MTV, John Norris appeared in an intro to explain why the network felt it was right to air the video, and why Jay felt the scene was important as the “rebirth” of Shawn Carter. BET also included a special intro.

Prodigy, “Smack My Bitch Up”

The 1997 Jonas Åkerlund-directed music video for the Prodigy hit is so controversial, it’s still not on YouTube.

The clip features a first-person perspective of someone raging out all night, drinking and doing drugs, committing crimes and having sex. There’s also an unedited version that features even more hardcore footage.

“There’s a realness to that video. Most people have had nights out like that, off their head on coke and drink… It’s not to everyone’s taste, but not everything we do is. No radio station was gonna play the song, so we thought we’d make a video that no one would play either,” said the band’s Liam Howlett to Q.

Just Jared on Facebook

JJ Links Around The Web

Photo of Private: JJ Links Around The Web
Getty Images
  • Kamala Harris talks her love for Converse sneakers - TMZ
  • Aly & AJ have a new song out - Just Jared Jr
  • Chrissy Teigen has taken up an exciting new hobby - TooFab
  • A new Frozen project is in the works! - Just Jared Jr