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WTF Moment of the Day: "Accidental Racist" by Brad Paisley ft. LL Cool J

by Photo of Chelsea Perrotty

Who thought this song was a good idea?

In a big "WTF" moment, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J have released a song called "Accidental Racist". 

Yes, you've heard me right....the song is called Accidental Racist.

Before I even crack into the lyrics of the song, can I please ask who thought this was a good idea? LL Cool J, why would you think that rapping on this song was a genius idea? WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE? I just don't understand.

Ranting aside, the beat is dismal and depressing at best and the lyrics are honestly the most ridiculous set of lyrics I've ever seen since "F**k Her Gently" by Tenacious D. At least Tenacious D's song was satirical. This song appears to be serious. 

The lyrics, which can be read in full here, begin with a story about Paisley wearing a confederate flag shirt at a Starbucks and being judged for it. Paisley then goes on to say that this confederate flag just means he's a Skynard fan. How silly of us to think that this flag could mean, oh, I don't know, that you didn't want to end slavery with the rest of the south back in the late 1800's. Paisley amends this statement, however, by saying that he's "proud of where I'm from, but not everything we've done". You mean, there are people who are proud of what the south did? 

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Continuing on the path of suffering Paisley has created, he tells us that "I try to put myself in your shoes and that's a good place to begin/ But it ain't like I can walk a mile in someone else's skin". How terrible for you Paisley, trying to understand other people, but failing because you can't magically shape shift into the person and walk a mile in their skin.

As Paisley finishes his verses about the South and racism, LL Cool J comes on and starts rapping, yes... rapping. Sidenote, this song is a slow tempo depressing song, in no way shape or form should a rap of any kind be included in it. 

Yet...here we are. 

So, anyway, LL Cool J comes on and starts talking to "Mr. White Man" and telling him about "what the world is really like when you're living in the hood." This continues as LL talks about how "Now [my] chains are gold, but I'm still misunderstood", and that he wants him [Mr. White Man] to get paid but when he was a slave he "never could". 

LL then gets a bit preachy saying that they're both guilty of some judgement but he'd love to buy this cowboy a beer so that they can "conversate and clear the air." The song finally ends with the two of them agreeing that "the relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin'."         

I just, honestly, don't understand why. I said it before and I will ask again, who thought that this song was a good idea? Which music executive gave this song the green light? 

"Accidental Racist" is on Paisley's new album Wheelhouse out tomorrow.

What do you think of "Accidental Racist"? Let us know in the comments!

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