LISTEN: Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Tackle Stereotypes in Song “Accidental Racist”


By Shari Weiss



Brad Paisley and LL Cool J are tackling racism in the South in their new collaboration, “Accidental Racist.”


On the track, featured on Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse, the country star sings about being “caught between southern pride and southern blame,” as the region still deals with the ramifications of slavery and ongoing black/white stereotypes.

Paisley’s lines include, “I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the southland/Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be/I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done/And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history.”

In LL Cool J’s verse, he shares the perspective of being a black man getting judged, rapping, “Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good.”

“I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover not the book/I’d love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air/But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn’t here,” he raps.

LL Cool J was in attendance at Sunday’s ACM Awards, along with Paisley.

Check out the song and lyrics below, and tell us what you think.

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