It only took a few hours for a six-minute song about race to spark a backlash after its release Monday.
The song by the unlikely duo of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist," was slammed by music critics and fans alikefor its attempt at a dialogue on race between two men from starkly different backgrounds with lyrics like "If you don't judge my do-rag … I won't judge your red flag" and "If you don't judge my gold chains … I'll forget the iron chains."
The country singer, 40, and his rapper counterpart, 45, say the national debate sparked by their song, released on Paisley's new album, "Wheelhouse," is exactly what they wanted to happen.
"I'm not really sure we're going to find any answers but it was the idea that we were asking the question," Paisley said in an exclusive interview with his duet partner that aired today on " Good Morning America."
"Martin Luther King says that darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can," LL Cool J said. "Hate can't drive out hate, only love can. So what we're talking about is compassion."
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