Listening Between the Lines: 2013 Lyrics that Sparked National Conversations

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  • Jay Z
  • “Accidental Racist”
  • Brad Paisley and LL Cool J
  • "Karate Chop Remix"
  • Furture and Lil Wayne
  • “'U.O.E.N.O.”
  • Rocko, Future and Rick Ross
  • “New Slaves”
  • Kanye West
  • “It’s a Cold World-A Trayvon Martin Tribute”
  • Young Jeezy
  • "You"
  • Chief Keef
  • "No Guns Allowed"
  • Snoop Dogg
  • "Chum"
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Top Socially Concious Songs of the Year
  • Black Skinhead
  • Kanye West
  • Crooked Smile
  • J.Cole
  • "Oceans" Featuring Frank Ocean

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J

The mash-up between country star Brad Paisley and Grammy Award-winning rapper LL Cool J drew red flags from nearly every critic in America. How can someone be an accidental racist? Although LL and Paisley claimed their hearts were in the right place, many people deemed it as a poor way to bridge the gap between the racist South and Black America.

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