No, your eyes and ears are not failing you.
Country singer Brad Paisley and R&B mogul LL Cool J have dropped a duet track titled “Accidental Racist”. The 6 minute statement song starts off as an innocent Country ballad with Brad singing, “To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main/ I hope you understand when I put on that t-shirt/ The only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynard fan”. Brad then attempts to heal the existing racial tensions in the South through song. Grammy host LL Cool J comes in for a rap verse mid song with his side of the story, “Just because my pants are sagging doesn’t mean I’m not good” followed by the lyrics, “If you don’t judge my du-rag, I won’t judge your red flag”.
The Internet went nuts Monday night after the song hit the web, and since Brad and LL have quickly defended the song. Brad tweeted, “‘Cause I wouldn’t change a thing. This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like life. Have a ball ya’ll. Love- brad”. His partner in crime LL Cool J defended the track telling CNN the song is a “bold statement” not just for country music, but for music in general. But do they really need to defend the song? It’s pretty clear the message and sentiment they are trying to get across here.
Do you think this song will have more of an impact on popular music or on the issue it’s intended for?