Rapper LL Cool J and country singer Brad Paisley have stirred up some controversy with new single “Accidental Racist”.
Following the song’s release on Monday it immediately caught flack for its lyrics about race. The two musician do agree that the national debate sparked by their song is exactly what they wanted to happen.
“Accidental Racist”, featured on Paisley’s latest album, “Wheelhouse”, discusses how African Americans that grew up like LL Cool J, who grew up in New York City, view Southerners, like Paisley, a native of West Virginia, and vice versa.
The duo visited ‘Good Morning America’ Wednesday morning to shed some light on the song and the backlash its caused.
“I’m not really sure we’re going to find any answers but it was the idea that we were asking the question,” Paisley stated during his interview on “Good Morning America.”
“Martin Luther King says that darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can,” LL Cool J added. “Hate can’t drive out hate, only love can. So what we’re talking about is compassion.”
About moving past slavery, a controversial line LL raps, he says, “I’m not advising anyone to truly forget slavery, but what I’m saying is forget the slavery mentality. Forget the bitterness. Don’t get bitter, get better.”
The controversial song and video have since been pulled from the internet following the backlash. The two stars have also collaborated on LL’s new album “Authentic”, set to be released on April 30th.
Watch the duo’s full interview with “GMA” below.
Do you find the song to be offensive? And do you agree for the reasons the musicians gave in recording the single?
Source: ABC News
(Photo: LL Cool J/Twitter)