SOUND OFF: “Accidental Racist”

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley

LL Cool J and Brad Paisley

The country/hip hop collaboration “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J is getting praised and criticized. The song asks whether black and white people can overlook their differences.

LL Cool J Lyrics include  “RIP Robert E. Lee, But I’ve gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean?”

Brad Paisley Lyrics include “Our generation didn’t start this nation and we’re still paying for mistakes……that a bunch of folks made long before we came…. and caught between southern pride and southern blame…..”

Tell us what you think of the song in the comments section below.

  • Gina

    I love Brad Paisley and this song speaks truth

  • Ray

    Song is well intentioned, yet race baiters are dissecting every line to find something to whine about. No good deed goes unpunished Brad…

  • hmmmm

    I dont see how people are screaming racist. There is a black man, and a white man singing/rapping about it together. If it was a racist song, I am pretty sure they would not be on the same stage.


  • hays

    i know they had good intentions but….gah is this song awful.

  • Informed

    The lyrics don’t offend me, but Brad Paisley’s music in general does. For goodness sake, he wrote a song called “Water”

    • Heh.


  • teeter

    i dont think its necessarily being called “racist.” its been called ignorant. because, it is. if you choose to wear a rebel flag shirt, youre going to look like youre in favor of slavery, as it was a big part of the civil war, and that was the flag flown by the people who wanted it. whether or not their are deeper issues there or not, which is true, you know what youre doing if you fly that flag.

    the song preys on the old philosophy “theirs no such thing as bad publicity.” has the mainstream talked about either of these artists in the past months? no. now, its everywhere. mission accomplished.

  • WELL-Informed

    Hey, “Informed”, you obviously know nothing about Brad Paisley or his music with your comment. His overall songwriting is some of the best in the music industry, period, and that isn’t even mentioning his pure skill and unbelievable talent on the guitar. Have you listened to a complete album of his to actually tune into some of his REAL lyrics?

    As for the song, “Accidental Racist” is very well-intentioned and is on the mark for the most part. However, I feel that some of LL Cool J’s lines are out of place. The point of Paisley’s entire “Wheelhouse” album is to be different and explore “boundaries”, which he certainly does. I think it is a pretty solid song overall, and a necessary track, which does exactly what it is supposed to- stir discussion.

    • Heh.

      Brad Paisley is one of the best in country music. That being said, put him up against any other genre and he’s terrible. Country music is the absolute worst. I’m forced to listen to it every day at work, and it is nothing short of terrible.

      • lol

        ANY GENRE? So, when Ke$ha sings: “Tonight we goin’ hard, hard, hard, huh-huh-hard, Just like the world is ours, ours, o-o-ours”, it is better than Paisley: “You’ll make it through this and you’ll see, You’re still around to write this letter to me”?

  • LMAO

    The fact you know so much about him is pretty sad in itself. Today’s ‘country’ is nothing more than repackaged 80s pop marketed to the masses.

  • Haha.

    Oh, really? I don’t think I heard the depth and musicianship of an overall artist like Brad Paisley in Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl”. A LOT of country these days can be described like you did, but not Brad Paisley. You can’t generalize the whole genre.

  • Informed

    HE SINGS ABOUT WATER! enough said!

    Listen, country music (when it is done right) is fine. Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, etc… just sing “pop” style songs about America, beer drinking, and solo cups in an attempt to sell records, and make money. Much like the 80/90’s style hair bands. It’s just not my cup of tea.

  • Informed

    But, I will give it to him. Paisley does play a pretty good guitar.

  • heh.

    To equalize Brad Paisley and Toby Keith is laughable and insulting. There is a BIG difference between the horrible track, “Red Solo Cup”, and the OVERALL style of Paisley.

    Country radio has issues, yes, but the artist does not. Things these days have to be “radio-friendly” to be popular, and that is the issue with the manufactured music that you speak of. I agree.

    The point that I’m trying to make is that the tracks you hear on the radio are usually bland, but Paisley has tried to broaden horizons and go beneath the surface (his entire new album). Also, see his previous singles such as “Welcome to the Future” or “Letter to Me”. His non-singles are even better.