LL Cool J says “Accidental Racist,” his eyebrow-raising new song with country star Brad Paisley, is a “bold statement” that he’s proud to have produced.
The rapper told CNN that he and Paisley intended to bring men and women collectively with their country-hip-hop hybrid. “Music is about, and art is about, connecting different people, and building bridges and breaking the rules,” LL Cool J mentioned at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards. “If it’s not compelling, and it’s not complex and it’s not interesting, then what are we doing it for? So I think that’s the right move.”
Even though the song has sparked a backlash for its remedy of race relations within the lyrics, a white man explains his Southern pride and Confederate flag t-shirt to a black man in a work to attain a mutual understanding. LL Cool J still believes within the track’s message. “I needed to do something that was going to be interesting like that, and shake things up, and jump out of the box,” the rapper said. “I’m really proud of it, and I hope the world hears it and enjoys it.”
“Accidental Racist” is on Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse.