LL Cool J Talks “Accidental Racist” On The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno (Video)

blame it on Illy April 12, 2013

LL Cool J visited the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to speak on Brad Paisley’s controversial “Accidental Racist” which he’s received some heat for and clarifies some of the song’s lyrics. LL also spoke on his upcoming thirteenth studio album, Authentic, and more.

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  • Chris

    It’s disappointing when the OG’s have to resort to some gimmick shit like this to sell records! And the funny part is he’s only gonna sell like 50k copies anyways lol… Why can’t you just make dope music and say fuck the rest?

  • Nasty Nate

    He had some great points. Until he said your music needs to evolve as you evolve as a person. “Ratchet” came out this year LL. Fuck outta here with that authentic shit.

  • tscottisnow

    LL needs to take the time to teach others about the significance of that flag they wear, instead of just letting their ignorance slide.

  • marty mcfly

    This is also interesting too. People are actually mad about this? Like seriously. First of all people always talking about how rappers aint talking about nothing. Then you have LL COOL J, someone who plays a monumental role in the overall building of hip hop culture and people act as if they dont hear what he’s talking about, smh. If you dont like LL then ok, I dont like country music but if you cant see the larger point that this song is making then your lost. I heard the song and I liked it. Now I understand that its not as poppin as Bugatti from Ace Hood or as fun as Freaks from French Montana but COMEONSON sometimes those songs need to take a back seat. Now the title Accidental Racist is not really that good of a title and the country feel is not really that dope for a hip hop head but I do appreciate the intention behind a white man from the country and a black man from the hood trying to come together on some common ground.

  • durptron5000

    These publicity stunts are getting really old.

  • marty mcfly

    And the thing about this being a gimmick or a publicity stunt? How is a song about racism a publicity stunt? Racism is just a reality thats not a stunt and on top of that LL Cool J been on for years. He just hosted the grammys and on top of that its LL Cool J so he needs no gimmick or stunt and this point. His life in general help develop a whole culture that is now a world wide artform. LL dont need to do things for attention when clearly you’ve been knowing who he was for your whole life.

  • I can understand the points he is making in this interview. And, overall I think the song is “well intentioned”. It has it’s heart in the right place. But, in the end, that doesn’t matter. The song is just remarkably tone-deaf when it comes to racial relations, and the world we’re living in. The song is cringe-worthy in its assumptions on race. It also fails to talk about these issues in a way that isn’t completely superficial & trite.

    I can respect the effort, but I cannot in good conscious respect the song. Because, holy shit, is it terrible.

  • Me

    What he ^ said! Applause!!!!!

  • marty mcfly

    I mean would prefer a club song beat with lyrics about racism? Nas has a long list of songs that I dont like because I feel the beats are terrible and the rhymes could’ve been delivered better but I respect the man for is intention.

  • marty mcfly

    I would challenge another MC to rhyme on a country beat with a country artist and discuss racism and see if you can make a better song. Yes it can be done but first you have to be willing to try it. Thank LL for addressing an issue in a way that crosses genres so that hip hop can be represented in another way.