Wednesday, April 10, 2013
– Rapper LL Cool J called Brad Paisley's controversial song Accidental Racist,
on which he sang, a "bold statement" in an interview with CNN.
Paisley and LL Cool J have taken a lot of heat for the song. Some have said it simplified the issue of race with Paisley adopting the role of a southerner in the song who walks into a Starbucks wearing a shirt with a Confederate flag. He says he is proud to be a southerner, but understands that things were not always done correctly. LL Cool J later raps, "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."
"Music is about, and art is about, connecting different people, and building bridges and breaking the rules," LL Cool said. "If it's not compelling, and it's not complex and it's not interesting, then what are we doing it for? So I think that's the right move."
"I needed to do something that was going to be interesting like that, and shake things up, and jump out of the box," he said. "I'm really proud of it, and I hope the world hears it and enjoys it."
The song is on Paisley's "Wheelhouse" disc, which came out on Tuesday.