Uhhh…please tell us this song was an accident.
This is a perfect example of when a collaboration goes terribly wrong. LL Cool J and Brad Paisley may have had good intentions when they thought cutting a track together to make amends over our country’s racist past was a bright idea. But let’s just say the online world doesn’t agree. Everyone has been going iiiiin on the “Accidental Racist” song from Brad’s forthcoming album Wheelhouse, since it hit the internet recently. In the duet, Brad tells his point of view as a white man who wants to show his Southern pride by rocking confederate flag T-shirts without being pegged a racist and LL raps about not wanting to be judged by “Mr.White Man” for his gold chains, saggin’ pants and du-rags.
With both LL and Brad dropping albums this month, one can only think that this has ‘publicity stunt’ written all over it. But during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Brad insisted that there’s no gimmick here:
“At this point, after all these albums and all these hits, I have no interest in phoning it in, and I think that [the song] comes from an honest place in both cases, and that’s why it’s on [‘Wheelhouse’] and why I’m so proud of it … 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…I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago. 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.’ … This is a very sensitive subject, and we’re trying to have the discussion in a way that it can help.”
If this doesn’t help take care of America’s racism problem, then what will? [Insert sarcasm here]
Meanwhile, LL hasn’t officially spoken out on the controversy but we know for sure he’s caught wind of all the shade being thrown because for the past 16 hours he’s been on his philosophical soapbox tweeting out quotes like “If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success” and “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
Seriously though, I can see the direction in which they were going with this song. At the end of the day, it just wasn’t executed properly and was, thus, received poorly. You be the judge. Just take a listen for yourself and tell us what you think.