by Yvette Carnell
If you’ve been paying any attention to pop culture this week, then you know that rap legend LL Cool J collaborated with country singer Brad Paisley on a song that’s being mocked throughout both the blogosphere and social media. CNN recently caught up with Cool J and asked him what prompted his collaboration with Paisley. His canned answer probably won’t surprise you.
The song, “Accidental Racist“, begins with Paisley apologizing to a Starbucks employee for wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt. But it’s not really an apology since Paisley goes on to justify why he’s wearing the shirt. “When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan” Paisley crows, proudly.
Then LL Cool J jumps in and raps some nonsense about how he’ll forget about slavery if white folk don’t judge rappers for their urban attire:
If you don’t judge my do-rag / I won’t judge your red flag / If you don’t judge my gold chains / I’ll forget the iron chains… Let bygones be bygones.
When asked about the song, LL Cool J defended it, saying, “If it’s not compelling, and it’s not complex, and it’s not interesting, what are we doing it for?”
Good question. Many of us wish LL had asked himself that before adding his God-awful rap to this God-awful song.
If “Accidental Racist” was about jumping out of the box, as LL Cool J says, then maybe it’s time to jump back in.
Watch the quick video interview here.