9 April 2013 5:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If the song was intended to get people talking, it's been a staggering success. But Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist," a duet with LL Cool J on his new album Wheelhouse, out Tuesday, is also hugely controversial. Styled as a conversation between a white Southerner and a black New Yorker, the song features the two singers having a charged debate about race - and features Paisley's character walking into a coffee shop wearing a shirt with a Confederate flag on it. "I don't know if any of you noticed, but there is some racial tension here and there," Paisley, 40, says »


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