(AP) - Brad Paisley says he wanted to open the discussion on modern race relations with his song "Accidental Racist." Instead it's caused an uproar in the country and hip-hop worlds.

Paisley sings about being a white man from the South who wears the Confederate flag, and LL Cool J raps about being a black man in baggy pants from the North.

Paisley tells "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" he felt it was an issue that had to be brought up in music. Paisley says one of his favorite lines is LL rapping, "I think the relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin'."

Paisley encourages listeners to make up their own minds and says, "You can throw things at me. I'm all right."