There's no doubt at this point that Childish Gambino's video for "This Is America" is the best of the year, of the year so far—and really, arguably the best video in years.

Now, one of the most prolific rap video directors ever, Hype Williams, has added his commentary about the socio-political video, comparing it to the original edit for Nas' "Hate Me Now" video.

“What you see here is the watered-down version of what went down,” Williams said at Red Bull’s New York Director’s Series discussion panel, according to Billboard. “This is very important and I want everybody to know that this video was probably, for its time period, the equivalent to what Childish Gambino just did.”

In the unedited video, which aired in its entirety on MTV, Diddy reenacts the crucification of Christ. That clip was ultimately cut from the video. Williams claims that version "had to be the greatest thing anyone has ever seen."

“Because of who Puff was and where he was going, he needed a release so he had no restraints filming this video," Williams argued. "The things that he did and the things we filmed him doing were so radical when edited to this music, I couldn’t even describe it, but at this time, the greatest thing we’ve ever seen was Puff as a special effect, something that I feel is happening with Childish.”

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