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Most Controversial & Banned Music Videos of All Time

The music icons of our day love to push boundaries and challenge the public – with their sound, their style, and of course, their controversial music videos.

Some of our favorite pop entertainers, rappers and rock stars have made music videos that have tested the limits of what is acceptable on network television – and, in some cases, they’ve even benefitted from the allure and added curiosity of having their music videos banned from networks.

From flashing ample amounts of skin, to violence and gore, to inciting outrage with controversial political views, to potentially even causing harm from flashing visual elements, there’ve been all different reasons why music videos from top stars were not allowed to see light of day. (And sometimes, the stars go on to regret their biggest hits.)

We’ve gathered up some of the most controversial, banned music videos over the years. Are there any music videos from your favorite artists that also sparked a ton of controversy? Sound off in the comments!

Click through the slideshow to see all of the music videos…

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Mobb Deep's Prodigy Dead at 42

Rapper Prodigy of the group Mobb Deep has passed away at the young age of 42.

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” a statement from the rep said (via Billboard). “We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

An exact cause of death has not been released.

Mobb Deep‘s second album, 1995′s The Infamous, was a hit, reaching number 18 on the Top 200 chart. The group was well known for singles including “Shook Ones Pt. II,” “Survival of the Fittest,” and “Hey Luv (Anything).”