Brad Paisley and LL Cool J have ignited a storm of controversy with their new song “Accidental Racist”.
On the song, which is featured on Paisley’s Wheelhouse album, the two music superstars take on a conciliatory tone toward subjects such as racism, stereotypes, and slavery, but with lyrics such as “If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains”, the attempt has garnered more backlash and outrage than praise.
Despite the overwhelmingly negative public reaction, LL is standing by “Accidental Racist”. During a visit to The Tonight Show on Thursday night, the hip-hop legend admitted the song “wasn’t perfect”, but told Jay Leno, “The intention was to put something out there that causes people to have a conversation. The fact that we’re having so many conversations about this song is proof that the song did its job. People are talking about it.” Well, he’s right about that last part.
Reporting by Mara The Hip Hop Socialite