A new country-rap song collaboration from artists Brad Paisley and LL Cool J has sparked reactions from the online community. Entitled "Accidental Racist", the track which appears on Paisley's new album "Wheelhouse" addresses such issues as racism, the Confederacy and slavery.
With such lyrics as "I'm a white man, living in the south land" and "caught between Southern pride and Southern blame," Paisley sings about not being a racist in today's modern times but living with the stigma of the past. "I'm proud of where I'm from, but not everything we've done," claims the "Whiskey Lullaby" singer.
He then waxes unapologetic with "it ain't like you and me can rewrite history / Our generation didn't start this nation / and we're still picking up the pieces / walking on eggshells / fighting over yesterday." As if responding to the above-mentioned part, LL Cool J raps back in his verse, "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."
As Twitter users are calling the well-intentioned but not so well-received new song inappropriate and a huge mistake for both artists, Paisley insists that "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. I knew it would be, but I'm sort of doing it in spite of that, really."