Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Collaborate on “Accidental Racist”
Nashville fans are pretty much completely obsessed with country music, whether it comes straight as whiskey, or with a crossover content Juliette would be proud to sing. But Brad Paisley — who’s married to Peggy Kenter portrayer Kimberly Williams-Paisley — is taking crossover to a whole new level.
His new collaboration with rapper/dreamboat LL Cool J is.... interesting. The song, entitled “Accidental Racist” (let that sink in for a second) will come out on Brad’s Wheelhouse, which drops on April 9. "This isn't a stunt. This isn't something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that," Brad tells Entertainment Weekly of the song, which focuses on the light-hearted intersection of Confederate flags and black-white relations. "I knew it would be, but I'm sort of doing it in spite of that, really."
He picked LL to throw his wisdom from the other end of things into the song, and the collaborator adds such lyrics as “Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood/ What the world is really like when you're livin' in the hood / Just because my pants are saggin' doesn't mean I'm up to no good / You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would / Now my chains are gold but I'm still misunderstood.”
“I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago,” Brad says of his timing. “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.’”
You can listen to the song here and share your feelings below. Do you think Brad’s heart and lyrics are in the right place, or would you have approached the sensitive subject differently?