In case you live under a rock, or God forbid North Korea, country musician Brad Paisley recently released to the public a new song from his forthcoming album called “Accidental Racist.” The song features an unlikely collaboration with rapper and actor LL Cool J and features a dialog between the two from the differing perspectives of a Southern white man and a Northern black man. The result has caused plenty of discussion and controversy.
Common Sense Conspiracy has conducted our own analysis of the song and what it means to us. We understand the controversy. It is a touchy issue. And we give kudos to both Paisley and LL Cool J for a couple of things. For one, they totally stuck by their message, which is “don’t judge a book by its cover” and “while you don’t want to repeat the past, that doesn’t mean you have to live in it all the time.” Good messages, and yes, they used a little racist shock value to get that point across. But the general public is debating the state of racism in the United States of America, points of view from different parts of the country, and whether the things done by our ancestors still represent a debt that needs to be paid right now. These might be worthy debate topics, but Common Sense Conspiracy feels strongly that most of America is missing the point.
The real controversy here should be on why rap and country music are coming together for any reason, and why this should simply not be allowed to happen. Common Sense Conspiracy, of course, is against the government infringing on the rights of citizens in most cases, but we do feel that in this case, a sweeping referendum outlawing the mingling of these two musical genres might be in the best interest of the nation, and for that matter, the world.
We’re not saying that we have a problem with country music. We don’t have a problem with rap music. We have a problem with rap music and country music together. They are too abrasively different, and even if this collaboration were somehow brilliant (it wasn’t), the fact is, some things just don’t mix. Ever heard of oil and water? We get the supposed poetic justice of two genres that are invariably identified with race (country being white, rap being black) mingling together for the cause. It sounds noble enough. They just forgot the poetic part of poetic justice. The song may have a good message at its core, but the presentation is so dreadful that people should be debating why they pushed play, not what the overtones of the song is for society.
If you want to listen to rap music, listen to rap music. And both white and black people should give it a try. The same goes for the other end of the spectrum. But mixing them together for the sake of shock value is useless and quite frankly, the only thing about this whole spectacle that should be offensive to anyone.
In summary, the nation might be ready for a black president, but we are not ready for Paisley and LL Cool J.
On the bright side, the song could have been “accidental rapist.” Food for thought.