'Accidental Racist' Incites Laughs, Barbs; Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Ripped

Image: 'Accidental Racist' Incites Laughs, Barbs; Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Ripped Country singer Brad Paisley, right, and rapper LL Cool J.

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 07:50 AM

By Greg Richter

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You couldn’t ask for better publicity – or worse. In "Accidental Racist," LL Cool J, the rapper, and Brad Paisley, the country singer, have teamed up for a song that aims to bring racial harmony between the fans of their respective genres.

The song, “Accidental Racist,” appears on Paisley’s album “Wheelhouse,” set to be released on Tuesday. But the Internet is already fired up in outrage.

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“Brad Paisley and LL Cool J bring blacks and whites together in disliking ‘Accidental Racist,’” tweeted The A.V. Club, the entertainment website and newspaper published by The Onion.

“I just hit Shazam while Accidental Racist was on and the clock on my iPhone reset itself to 1864,” @GuyEndoreKaiser tweeted.

Questlove, leader of The Roots, who are also Jimmy Fallon’s late-night band, thought it sounded like a joke: “… man that Weird Al is amazing.”

"This isn't a stunt,” Paisley told Entertainment Weekly on Monday. “This isn't something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that. I knew it would be, but I'm sort of doing it in spite of that, really."

Salon called the song “jarring” and “awful.”

After several verses of Paisley, who co-wrote the song, speaking as a character wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt, explaining he doesn’t hate black people, but is proud of his culture, LL Cool J begins his rap.

“I'm proud of where I'm from, but not everything we've done,” Paisley sings. “I try to put myself in your shoes and that's a good place to begin. But it ain't like I can walk a mile in someone else's skin.”

“Just because my pants are saggin' doesn't mean I'm up to no good,” LL Cool J responds. “You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would. … I'd love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air. But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn't here.”

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