LL Cool J says if “Accidental Racist” makes you uncomfortable, then he did his job right.
He’s at the center of a lively Internet debate about the new Brad Paisley song about North/South race relations. The song features a hip-hop interlude in which LL raps as an African-American being judged by the clothes he wears.
“Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good,” is one lyric.
In another, LL calls himself “a new fangled, Django, dodgin’ invisible white hoods.”
“Music is about, and art is about, connecting different people, and building bridges and breaking the rules,” the rapper tells CNN, who caught up with him at Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
“If it’s not compelling, and it’s not complex and it’s not interesting, then what are we doing it for? So I think that’s the right move.”
“I needed to do something that was going to be interesting like that, and shake things up, and jump out of the box,” LL tells CNN. “I’m really proud of it, and I hope the world hears it and enjoys it.”
Paisley also defended the controversial song, tweeting, “I hope it triggers emotions.”
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