Ever since Nelly scored what seemed like a comeback hit with country singer Tim McGraw in 2004 with “Over and Over,” hip-hop has been trying to figure out a way to mesh country music into it without losing its credibility. That hasn’t worked out as well as the artists leading the charge would’ve hoped. Snoop Dogg‘s song with Willie Nelson was laughed off as a corny bluegrass mashup about Snoop’s favorite subject–smoking weed. Now, LL Cool J is tossing his hat into the hip-hop/country song mashup ring with country crooner Brad Paisley on their song “Accidental Racist.”
Brad Paisley and LL Cool J spend an entire five minutes and fifty seconds trying to convince the opposite race that they aren’t racist despite doing racist things. For example, Paisley sings about not realizing putting on a t-shirt emblazoned with a Confederate flag was racist because he only meant it as a tribute to southern country rock band Lynard Skynard. While that’s all fine and good for Paisley to be out here doing, LL Cool J knows better.
Being that I am the snarky individual I am, I’ve taken a few excerpts of LL’s lyrics to explain to him why he shouldn’t have said that on a track about being “accidentally” racist. By the way, how the hell can you be accidentally racist?!
Maybe it’s me, but comparing a du-rag to a confederate flag is hella dumb. One is a cap that gets brothas those 360-degree waves they spend countless hours brushing their hair to get while the other is a symbol of oppression and segregation during a moment in our country’s history when minorities had to constantly look over their shoulders. Hardly the same thing.