Country singer Brad Paisley on Tuesday (April 9) defended his new duet with rapper LL Cool J, which has been criticized for its commentary on U.S. race relations.
"Accidental Racist" is a track from Paisley's ninth album, "Wheelhouse," which was released on Tuesday. The song describes a hypothetical encounter between a Confederate flag-wearing white Southern man and an urban African-American man in a coffee shop. Some critics have disparaged the song's content and artistry.
In an appearance on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" on Tuesday (April 9), Paisley was given a chance to rebut some of the criticism over the song. DeGeneres asked Paisley to explain his thinking behind the collaboration with LL Cool J.
SOUNDBITE: BRAD PAISLEY, SAYING (English):
"I don't know. We're sort of asking the question of as a proud Southerner and he is a black New Yorker. One of my favorite lines in the song he says, "I think the relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixing." Leave it to a rapper to put it so simply and so beautifully."
Several critics have panned it for what they described as a soft, apologetic treatment of lingering racial tension in the United States.
"Wheelhouse" is expected to land Paisley near the top of the U.S. album charts next week.
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