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Brad Paisley is standing by his controversial duet with LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist."

"I don't know if any of you noticed, but there is some racial tension, here and there," Paisley said on Tuesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "It kind of deals with that and I felt like when we were writing this song, it wasn't necessarily up to the media ... or sort of talk radio or anything like that to deal with that anymore.  I think it's music's turn to have the conversation."

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