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What's The Song In The Gran Turismo Trailer?

The first official trailer for Neil Blomkamp's "Gran Turismo" movie shows viewers they better strap in because when this video-game-based movie pulls up, fans are in for one wild ride full of high-octane drama and exhilarating thrills. But while the visuals in the film are just as stellar as what's seen in the source material, some out there may be looking for some clarification regarding what song is playing in the background.

The true story of how an avid player got so good he was able to take his talents off of the sofa and into the driver's seat to compete in actual races will be on display, and from the looks of the trailer, Jann Maredboroug's rise from gamer to racer could very well be worthy of a trip down victory lane. The preview does a solid job getting fans revved up for the film, showing off its stellar cast, which includes "See" actor Archie Madekawe, "Stranger Things" star David Harbour, and "Carnival Row" headliner Orlando Bloom.

It also sets the tone for the high-stakes narrative with an excellent track choice, as the song "Hate Me Now" by Nas featuring P. Diddy can be heard between the piston pumping and gear shifting. But while the song itself may be a fitting addition to the pace lap for the cinematic run of "Gran Turismo," some might not realize that "Hate Me Now" has somewhat of a checkered past.

The song's first foray into video didn't go over so well

The song "Hate Me Now" by Nas featuring P. Diddy was released on April 6, 1999, and received some praise from critics like Steve Juon, who wrote in his review for RapReviews.com that "It may be yet another mad track about playa hating, but the rebuttal of the hate is crisp and well defined – owing little to cliche." but things took a very controversial turn when the music video for the track released. While it contained gorgeous women, fancy cars, and trips to the club like most videos from the genre, it also had scenes depicting moments from the crucifixion of Jesus Christ involving both artists, which was something a devout catholic like Diddy didn't like.

Diddy decided to have his scenes removed, but unfortunately, the original cut was what debuted on MTV's "Total Request Live." This didn't go over well, and MTV News reported that Diddy and several bodyguards attacked Nas's manager Steve Stoute for letting this happen. "For some reason, I think Steve Stoute let it fly with Puffy still being crucified to the cross, so there was that fight at the office, where Puff jumped on Steve," Nas said to The Source. According to E! Online, the two eventually settled out of court and resolved their differences.

Despite the off-camera drama, the track has gone on to be utilized in several movies, TV Shows, and video games. Its checkered past couldn't stop helping "Gran Turismo" blaze past the starting line and into theaters in August 2023.