If you haven’t heard LL Cool J and Brad Paisley’s new song, “Accidental Racist” … well, good for you. The song has been hammered by press and fans alike for being forced, poorly executed and unnecessary.
LL stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday night where he was asked about the track. And while the rapper didn’t exactly apologize for releasing it, there was definitely a bit of angst in his tone. “The song isn’t perfect,” the rapper confessed.
“You can’t defend a song, because art is subjective. And people choose to see and hear what they want to see based on what they’re looking at, and I’ll never be able to change that. But as long as people are having a conversation, then the art has done it’s job,” he explained.
“Accidental Racist” drew the ire of many for lyrics that call on society to move pass the racial tensions of the past, but LL says he thinks the message may have been lost. “I would never, ever, ever suggest that we just forget slavery and act like that didn’t happen,” he told Leno.
“I understand the systematic racism that exist. I get that. But you know what, if the playing field is unleveled, and you feel it’s unfair … maybe putting down some of that baggage will help you make it up that hill a little easier,” the rapper continued.
If you’re a fan of LL and Brad’s collaborative effort, the duo also released another song titled, “Live For You.” You can hear that tune on LL’s upcoming album.