Country star Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s latest collaboration, “Accidental Racist,” was released a mere hours ago and already the song, which tackles issues of racism, is sparking a heated debate among listeners.
On the song, LL Cool J makes mention of both the Confederate flag and slavery as he raps, “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.”
Paisley takes a similar stance on issues of race and expresses his Southern pride as he croons, “We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday/ And caught between Southern pride and Southern blame.”
Prior to the release of “Accidental Racist,” Paisley spoke with Entertainment Weekly and revealed why he chose to release such a song.
“I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago,” Paisley explained to Entertainment Weekly. “I think that we’re going through an adolescence in America when it comes to race. You know, it’s like we’re almost grown up. You have these little moments as a country where it’s like, ‘Wow things are getting better.’ And then you have one where it’s like, ‘Wow, no they’re not.’”
A lyric video for “Accidental Racist” can be found below. The song will be featured on Paisley’s Wheelhouse album, which is due out tomorrow (April 9).