The folks over at CNN are having quite a time dissecting 'Accidental Racist', a song in which country star Brad Paisley appears to ruminate over racial tension as it relates to his Southern roots. The ditty might have escaped national attention if not for the addition of rapper LL Cool J, whose own lyrical honesty takes many by surprise. "Hate can't drive out hate, only love can. So what we're talking about is compassion," the 45-year-old rapper maintains about his unlikely duet with Paisley. While the song's mere existence evokes both jeers and cheers, this certainly isn't the first time that a celebrity has made headlines for touting questionable lyrics. Here are a just a few famous names who have recently come under fire for their controversial songs…
Beyonce - "Bow Down/ I Been On"
There aren't too many things that Beyonce can do without drawing attention to herself. But some lofty lyrics in her recent single "Bow Down/ I Been On" have ruffled a few feathers - especially those of fellow R&B stars like Keyshia Cole. "I know when you were little girls, you dreamt of being in my world. Don't forget it. Respect that. Bow down b****es." These are the lyrics that some say contradict Bey's typical girl power inspired songs. You cannot deny Queen Bey's royal presence in the music industry. But "Bow Down" has critics questioning the message she's sending to fans.
Lil Wayne - "Karate Chop" (remix)
Lil Wayne's name is usually cemented in headlines for one thing or another. But in early February, the boisterous rapper caused a ruckus with a lyrical cameo in Future's leaked track, "Karate Chop." In the song, Weezy's sexual reference to teen Emmett Till (who was slain in the 1950s) wasn't received well. In addition to upsetting Till's relatives, Wayne stirred ill-feelings with music legend Stevie Wonder, amongst others. The offensive line was ultimately pulled from Future's remix.
Rick Ross - "U.O.E.N.O."
Sex is a big part of the rap game. But larger-than-life rapper Rick Ross took things a little far when his lyrics on a mixtape alluded to drugging and having a little fun with a female party-goer… unbeknownst to her. Needless to say, Ross's date rape reference didn't fly with women's rights groups. Ricky Rozay apologized for offending the masses, but the lyrical misstep may cost Ross his lucrative Reebok contract.
Ray J - "I Hit It First"
R&B singer Ray J's claim to fame is his notorious sex tape with reality queen Kim Kardashian. And although Kim K has moved on (with rapper Kanye West), it would appear that Brandy's little brother might not have. Enter the stage, "I Hit It First," an ode Norwood claims is not about Kim. But with lyrics like, "but now baby chose to go West," we beg to differ. The single's cover art - an alleged pixelated image of Kardashian in a bikini-also fails to help matters much. The song is perhaps controversial for no one other than Kimye. Although Yeezy is reportedly ticked at Ray's veiled jabs at him and his girlfriend, the fashion-forward couple seems reluctant to respond to the perceived "publicity stunt."
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