Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s “Accidental Racist” Song Causes Controversy [Audio]

Rucuss staffApril 10, 2013

Country music singer Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J have come under fire for their new song, Accidental Racist.

Paisley said the song is one of his proudest moments as a songwriter, while others hope it’s just one huge joke. The new track has ruffled a few feathers for its controversial lyrics which Paisley claims was intended to promote racial harmony. But it comes across as a lyrical disgrace filled with in accurate references to the history of racism.

Paisley begins the song by apologizing for wearing the Confederate flag on his T-shirt. He sings, “when I put on that T-shirt, the only thing I meant to say, is I’m a Skynyrd fan. I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done. I’ve “got a lot to learn,” and, “I just want to make things right.”

LL Cool J, later, spits a verse on the song with the lyrics, “Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good. You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would. When I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinking it’s not all good I guess we’re both guilty of judging the cover and not the book. If you don’t judge my do-rag, I won’t judge your red flag.”

Cool J’s verse wasn’t so bad until he said his final words at the end of the song. LL said, “RIP Robert E Lee, but I gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me… know what I mean.”

Paisley and LL received plenty of backlash from the song. But Paisley said he doesn’t regret his decision to record it.

“I wanted [his] perspective.,” Paisley said of his decision to put LL on the song to “LL being such a tremendously respectable, wonderful guy. To hear what he thinks and his point of view in this song. Being from the north, being black, and how he feels about the subject. It really meant the world to me that he was willing to do this.”

Paisley added, “He’s very creative and courageous to do this, in the sense that this isn’t a typical thing to sing about.”

Paisley also tweeted his thoughts about the song. He said, “So, as you buy this album, I hope it triggers emotions. I hope you feel joy, heartache, triumph, surprise; you laugh, cry, nudge someone beside you. I hope the album rocks you, soothes you, raises questions, answers, evokes feelings, all the way through until Officially Alive”

Listen to the song below.


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