Brad Paisley's new album "Wheelhouse" is now in stores, and one song is already stirring the pot of controversy.
Brad's song “Accidental Racist" features the lyrics, "I'm just a white man comin' to you from the Southland".
During one exchange in the song Brad sings, "I'm proud of where I'm from, but not everything we've done," while his featured artist, rapper LL Cool J continues, "If you don't judge my gold chains, I'll forget the iron chains."
Some critics have said the song is "horrible". Brad defends it telling Entertainment Weekly, "I'm doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago... You know, it's like we're almost grown up. You have these little moments as a country where it's like, 'Wow things are getting better.' And then you have one where it's like, 'Wow, no they're not.'
Brad talked the song with ELLEN Tuesday:
Brad continued, "I just think art has a responsibility to lead the way, and I don't know the answers, but I feel like asking the question is the first step and we're asking the question in a big way."
Brad's thankful for LL Cool J’s work on the song and is returning the favor by appearing on the rapper’s next album Authentic, which will be in stores late this month. Photo Credit Getty Images