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When artists have beef with each other, the easiest way to let the other person know what’s up is to put it in a song. Many of the rappers and singers who made this list have been known to cause controversy and have no problem speaking their mind. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable and funny beefs in hip hop.
Earlier this week we told you about the internet’s negative reaction to Queens rapper LL Cool J’s collaborative track with country singer Brad Paisely. During a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, LL addressed the controversial track, titled “Accidental Racist” and admits that it “wasn’t perfect,” but it was put out with good intensions. Check out some of what he had to say.
On how he feels about the controversy surrounding “Accidental Racist:”
“I feel good. The song wasn’t perfect. You can’t fit 300 or 400 years of history into a three or four-minute song.”
On being criticized for downplaying slavery and racism:
“A lot of people took offense to the lyrics and ultimately, I can’t defend the song, but I can clarify my intentions. There’s a point in the song where I say, ‘If you don’t judge my du-rag, I won’t judge your red flag.’ I in no way would compare the history of the Confederate flag with a du-rag. However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin, and you think about some of the things that happen in society based on clothing and when you put it in its proper context it makes sense.”
“I would never suggest to anyone that we should forget slavery and act like that didn’t happen. I understand the systemic racism that exists. But if the playing field is unleveled and you feel it’s unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage would help you to make it up that hill a little bit easier.”
On his intentions behind putting out the song:
“The intention was to put a song out there that causes people to have a conversation. The fact that we’re having so many conversations about this song is proof that the song did its job. People are talking about it. That elephant in the room needs to be discussed.”
Turn the page to watch LL’s interview. Do you feel he has a point?
Maybe LL should stick with NCIS: Los Angeles.
Today we had the displeasure of being introduced to the “Accidental Racist,” a crossover song by country music’s Brad Paisley featuring LL Cool J. The song, available here, has lines like “RIP Robert E. Lee” and “If you don’t judge my do-rag, I won’t judge your red flag.” As I said to my colleague earlier today, it’s the worst thing since green Jell-O.
The Internet spent most of the day putting LL Cool J on the trending list, sharing their thoughts about the song. Most of them are a little something like this.
Seriously, just click on “LL Cool J” and laugh along with the hate that’s being hurled at this terrible song. (Mashable has got a few too.)
Brad Paisley explained the reasoning behind the song to Entertainment Weekly. He says, in part, “This isn’t a stunt. This isn’t something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that. I knew it would be, but I’m sort of doing it in spite of that, really. I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago. I think that we’re going through an adolescence in America when it comes to race.”
LL, meanwhile, spoke with a reporter from The Grantland, Rembert Browne, back during SXSW. Browne says he never did anything with the interview, but with the release of this song, he decided to release a few bits. Among them, LL said at the time, with reference to whether he wanted to work with other artists but pull them out of their comfort zone, “Absolutely. I did that. You know what, it’s just coming from the heart. And with no fear. And being courageous.”
So, as Grantland says, the song has good intentions, but fails pretty badly. Interesting, LL Cool J is trending on Twitter, but Brad Paisley isn’t. Are you still an LL fan.
Update: We took a quick look around this morning and it appears the song has been pulled from YouTube and other parts of the Internet, though we did find it and embed it below, ICYMI.
Brad Paisley is sticking to his guns despite the online backlash. He posted three tweets this morning, one of which reads, “‘Cause I wouldn’t change a thing. This is a record meant to be FAR from easy listening. But fun. Like life. Have a ball, ya’ll. love- brad”
His also used his Twitter feed to re-tweet a number of positive messages that he received about the song. And he included a link to a story in USA Today, published this morning, that discusses his career. I know I was unfamiliar with much of his career to this point, but it turns out that making songs that tackle tough topics with a country music twang is his thing.
“I’m not proud that people’s ancestors were beaten and held in ,” Paisley says in the article. “But I am sure as heck proud of the farm I live on and the Confederate soldier buried there. I don’t know whether we reached an answer, but it’s real interesting to hear LL say, let’s let bygones be bygones and the past is the past.”
Playing a character who rushes in to save the day on the big screen is one thing, but these 15 celebrities became real-life heroes by leaping forward to save the lives of ordinary people.
Rapper T.I. has been on a mission to rehabilitate his image since he was released from prison after those gun possession charges, and having “hero” on his resume certainly helps. While on his way to an Atlanta radio station for an interview, the reality show star heard a news report about someone at a 22-story building ready to jump. T.I. recorded a video of himself pleading with the man to come and talk to him. The police played the video to the distressed man who agreed to come down and T.I. and the unidentified man shared a brief conversation before the cops took him to the hospital to be treated for depression.
I usually never watch the Grammys and honestly wasn’t planning on doing so last night. But when my friend asked me if I was going to participate in the festivities at brunch, I decided since I was avoiding the cold, to check it out. The show itself had high and low moments. It wasn’t fabulous but it certainly wasn’t the most boring thing I’ve seen. So, whether you missed it or want to relive it, check out the most memorable moments. The asterisks represent high points of the night.
LL Coool J must be gearing up for another resurgence of his career because we’ve been seeing a lot of him lately. A couple of weeks ago, he appeared on an episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing out some demons from his childhood and talking about his relationship with his wife of 18 yeas, now he’s on the cover of the March 2013 issue of Essence looking oh so dapper, as usual.
In the issue, LL talks even more about his marriage, specifically deciding to put his family before his career when his wife Simone battled with cancer. He told he magazine:
“I think, at the end of the day, as a man, you should support the woman you’re with. If she’s got a dream, you need to help make that a reality. I’m doing the best I can to do that…”
The issue is on newsstands right now. Will you pick up a copy?
We’re used to male artists tooting their own horn when it comes to what clothes, cars, jewelry, and houses they can afford, not to mention the women they can pull. We’re even used to hearing rappers like Kanye, Jay-Z, and Nas referring to themselves as “the best rapper alive” but now their modesty has been flushed down the drain in a whole different ball game; their skills in the bedroom.
None of us should take everything that comes out of these artists mouths as fact, but when a man is constantly making references to pleasuring a woman with a “hurricane tongue” or having women feeling like he invented sex, we simply can’t help but wonder; do they really got it like that?! Here are 15 artists who don’t shy away from mentioning the way they can get your juices flowing in the bedroom, on the staircase, on the balcony… and the list goes on and on:
Some Things Just Leave A Stain On Your Soul: LL Cool J Discusses Being Beat As A Child On ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’
My mother always says, “You just never know what a person has been through and you never know what they’re going through.” This saying couldn’t be more accurate. Queens rapper, LL Cool J recently appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter where he opened up about some pretty dramatic points in his life, including being abused as a child and witnessing his father shoot his mother and grandfather. He also discussed how his sexual aggression led him to an all time low. Check out some of what he had to say.
On witnessing his father shoot his mother and grandfather at 4 years old.
“I guess it would leave you scarred. It was tough. You know what’s interesting, my mother forgave my father. He came back into my life and made amends for a lot of things by helping to guide me. My father made a massive blunder, but he also did a lot of things right.
On attacking his home invader:
“One of those things that leaves a stain on your soul. You don’t know what you’ll do to protect your family until you’re put in that position. The desire to protect what’s yours is so strong that you go somewhere else and become another person.”
On being abused as a child:
“A friend of my mother. It wasn’t sexual. It was just beating, take all your clothes off, kicked out in the snow, kicked outside, beat with vacuum cleaner pipes at 7-years-old.
On having sex with a pregnant woman:
“You know, at some point, you just have to be respectful. I mean when you think back on it, it’s a little aggressive. Lot’s of testosterone in that 20-year-old body. I had a rockstar’s life early on… We all have to mature. At some point, you kind of got to get your mind right. We’re all foolish in some ways…”
Check out footage of LL’s full interview on the following page. What do you make of his revelations?
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