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TODAY   |  April 10, 2013

Brad Paisley, LL Cool J defend ‘Accidental Racist’

Country star Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J are standing behind their new duet “Accidental Racist,” despite harsh criticism calling it “the worst song of all time.” NBC’s Hoda Kotb reports.

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>>> now to the controversy surrounding brad paisley 's new song, a duet with ll cool j called "accidental racist" and this morning, both men are standing behind its message. i'm proud of where i'm from if you don't judge my gold chains but not everything we've done i'll forget the iron chains

>> the stars from opposite end came together to tackle stereo types. i'm just a white man comin' to you from the southland

>> reporter: and a rapper's rhyme. just because my pants are saggin' doesn't mean i'm up to no good

>> reporter: the song is on the album "wheelhouse."

>> there's a song accidental racist.

>> i did a duet with ll cool j who has become one of my best friends in the world and it sort of deals with, i don't know if any of you noticed but there's some racial tension here and there.

>> reporter: it say strong message, one we've heard before from paul mccartney and stevie wonder . ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony

>> reporter: but this latest effort and understanding has struck a harsh chord with critics. salon.com tweeting it's a contender for the worst song of all-time and tmz saying the song is so awful, it's a hate crime . but some fans love it. one tweeted that it's a powerful song. another called it brilliant and pralz praised it for covering such an important issue. ll answered critics with a quote from dr. martin luther king jr . i have decided to stick with love. hate is too great a burden to bear. i'm going on record saying i love that song.

>> natalie liked it as well.

>> i liked it.

>> it got people talking about this.

>> whether you like the song or not it's talking about similarities as a person. i'm all for that.

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