Brad Paisley On His Song ‘Accidental Racist’: ‘It’s Not A Stunt’

Source: Lesley Messer / ABC News

When Brad Paisley teamed up with LL Cool J to make a song about racism, titled, appropriately, “Accidental Racist,” he knew it was going to cause a stir, but, he swears, “It’s not a stunt.”

“I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “It was really obvious to me that we still have issues as a nation with [race]. … And I think the younger generations are really kind of looking for ways out of this.”

In the nearly six-minute song, with lyrics like “If you don’t judge my do-rag … I won’t judge your red flag” and “If you don’t judge my gold chains … I’ll forget the iron chains,” the country singer, 40, and his rapper counterpart, 45, discuss  race relations in America,  focusing specifically on how Northerners (LL Cool J grew up in New York City) view Southerners (such as Paisley) and vice versa.

“It really came to a boil last year with ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Django,’ and there’s just a lot of talk about it,” says Paisley. “I just think art has a responsibility to lead the way, and I don’t know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step and we’re asking the question in a big way.”

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