Rap legend LL Cool J and Country Superstar Brad Paisley say that they understand the criticism of their latest collaboration “Accidental Racist”, a song that presents lyrics such as, “If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.”
This morning the two recording artist appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about their collaboration and the heat that it is taking from both sides. Both artist defended their work together, but did so with a level of humility. The song has met a great deal of criticism from those that take issue with its themes of racial harmony that move through social and cultural racial miscues. The song currently appears on Paisley’s new LP “Wheelhouse”. The two are scheduled to work together of LL’s upcoming album “Authentic”.
Some of the lyrics included in the song are, “If you don’t judge my du-rag I won’t judge your red flag” which is a direct reference to the confederate flag, as well as “If you don’t judge my gold chains I will forget about the iron chains”, which is direct reference to the shackles of slavery.
LL Cool J explained, “[Dr.] Martin Luther King, [Jr.] says that darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can. Hate can’t drive out hate, only love can. So what we’re talking about is compassion.”
LL also said that he understood that there are those that would take offence to some of the lyrics and that he understands and he is sensitive to their right to be upset.
“Some people take exception to some of the lyrics [and] I respect that. I’m sensitive to that.”