Brad Paisley and LL Cool J have teamed up on a track that is creating quite the buzz on the Internet.
Titled "Accidental Racist," the single tells Paisley’s story of dealing with racial issues in the South.
Describing himself as a "proud rebel" with "a lot to learn," the country artist’s verse is answered by the rapper, who replies:
If you don’t judge my do-rag… I won’t judge your red flag.
Why has Paisley released the song, which is included on the album "Wheelhouse?"
He cites Lincoln and Django Unchained as two primary motivations, telling EW those movies brought the topic of race to a "boil."
"It was really obvious to me that we still have issues as a nation with this," Paisley said.
"There are two little channels in each chorus that really steal the pie. One of them is, ‘We’re still picking up the pieces, walking on eggshells, fighting over yesterday,’ and the other is, ‘Paying for the mistakes that a lot of folks made long before we came.’
"We’re all left holding the bag here, left with the burden of these generations. And I think the younger generations are really kind of looking for ways out of this."
Read Paisley’s full statement now – in which he acknowledges race is a "sensitive" subject and he and LL Cool J just want to start a "discussion" – and then click Play on the video above to listen to "Accidental Racist."