LL Cool J & Brad Paisley Further Break Down "Accidental Racist"

LL Cool J brings up Trayvon Martin while defending his lyrics on Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist."

Country star Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s latest collaboration, “Accidental Racist,” caught a great deal of negative attention this week when many listeners deemed the song insensitive to issues of race. In defense of the song, the pair appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" to fill viewers in on the reasoning behind the making of the song.

According to Paisley, the issue of racism is one he’s wanted to tackle for a while now and with the release of films like Lincoln and Django Unchained he thought it would be ideal to address racism through music.

“I think racism has been on my mind,” said Paisley. “Last year, we had some really powerful videos deal with it very well. We had Lincoln and Django. The media deals with it all the time. I thought it would be an interesting conversation between country music and rap music to deal with this subject between two individuals in a loving and sort of understanding way.”

LL Cool J provided one of the song’s most controversial lyrics with this particular line: “If you don’t judge my do-rag/ I won’t judge your red flag/ If you don’t judge my gold chains/ I’ll forget the iron chains.”

While defending his “Accidental Racist” lyrics, the rapper brought up slain teen Trayvon Martin and those who judge a person based on their clothing alone.

“I in no way would compare the history of the Confederate flag—the rapes, the tortures, the murders, the lynching, all the things associated with the Confederate flag—with a do-rag. However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin, when you think about some of the things that happen in society based on clothing, when you put it in its proper context, it makes sense,” LL Cool J explained, according to XXLMag.com. “I understand the systemic racism that exists. I get that. But you know what? If the playing field is un-level, if you feel it is unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage will help you make it up that hill a little easier.”

“Accidental Racist” is featured on Paisley’s Wheelhouse album, which was released earlier in the week.

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  • Anon

    Jarule is the G.O.A.T. not LL Cool J....Ja Said so

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  • Anonymous

    It's borderline insulting to defend this song by saying that forgiveness will keep us warm around the campfire while we sing Kumbaya or some ish..this song was made to generate income and help both artists cross over to each others demographic,which in my opinion made a fool of both artists,and i might add that LL's music has been wack for a minute,this is all about wanting to be relevant.white supremacy group membership is at an all time high and here comes LL with his rendition of Ebony and Ivory,get real son..the world is fucked up right now,rap about that,or have Immortal Tec ghostwrite you some shit,you buggin...

  • xwaitxwhatx

    Too many ignorant minds on here, while the song is weak, i do give LL Props for what he said, see the problem is that you all want to keep bringing this racist shit up fuck it shit happens we grew from that, the few people the are still racist are just as bad as the people thing they owe you something

  • Anonymous

    What LL ole got damn We Jigglin Baby go head baby Face azz taumbout?

  • Art-illery

    Todd Smith's argument in the defense of his lyrics aren't coherent with America's history with slavery. Someone should've asked him "How do you know where you're going if you've forgotten where you've been?" You can NEVER forget the iron chains, because those iron chains symbolize sacrifices made by our ancestors to rock the gold chains we wear today! Not every Black man rocks du-rags all the time, and some of us are too broke to even afford gold chains. If he wanted to bring up Trayvon Martin, he should've brought it up in the song! He purposefully "edited" his lyrics to appease the sentiments of the fellow artist on the song. LL went beyond the "crossover", he "sold out!"

  • Unity

    nothing wrong with that song. y'all are just haters

  • Anonymous

    Mama Said Shut Yo Mouth.

  • Anonymous

    The most publicity music-wise LL has seen in years. Too bad the song is a piece of shit regardless of what its trying to talk about.

  • Anonymous

    These two multi millionaires are the last people who should be making a song like this. It's unnecessary, and only stirs things up more, especially bringing up Trayvon Martin.

  • B

    Wow, their TV appearances defending their piece of shit song sound way more relevant than their piece of shit song. "shit on your red flag while I rock my do-rag" "fuck those iron chains, look how my gold swings" would have been a more appropriate response to an "Accidental Racist". If you stop looking at me like a criminal because my pants sag, I'll forgive America for incarcerating my people at a disproportionately high level...because our pants sag, and our lawyers suck? You've been hangin' out in the Hollywood Hills too long LL.

  • Anonymous

    LL fell off after pink cookies fuck that potatoe head nigga