By Sidney Madden
As if a perfectly timed effort to draw attention away from the backlash, this new song off from his upcoming album, Authentic, is in classic LL fashion; smooth, introspective and lovey-dovey via stupidDOPE.
In other words, it’s a complete one eighty from LL’s feature on“Accidental Racist,” off of Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse which finds the country crooner and Queens rapper musing about post-Construction racism in the South and has caught some major flack since its April 8 release.
One of the most scoffed at lines in particular came from J who rapped, “If you don’t judge my do-rag / I won’t judge your red flag / If you don’t judge my gold chains / I’ll forget the iron chains” over Paisley’s explanation of being “A white man from the South Land”. The song promotes forgiveness and understanding but was highly criticized for not only reinforcing prejudicial stereotypes but also being down right corny.
Paisley and LL have stood by the record under the media scrutiny, with LL saying in an interview with ABC News, “I’m not advising anyone to truly forget slavery. But what I am saying is forget the slavery mentality, forget the bitterness. Don’t get bitter, get better”.
Now, sliding onto the charts just two days later, “Live For You” seems to be a carefully constructed PR move from J’s camp, reminding his fans of what he does best. “You’re in every breath that I take, every dream that I dream, every move that I make,” raps the veteran ladies man, as Paisley shows off his vocal range singing the hook.
Hopefully the two artists returning to their roots will squelch the slander connected with “Accidental Racist.”