(USA TODAY) -- LL Cool J gave an assessment of his controversially versed - and critically panned - song with Brad Paisley to Jay Leno last night: Accidental Racist "isn't perfect.
"You can't defend a song, because art is subjective," the rapper/actor said. "And people choose to see and hear what they want to see based on what they're looking at, and I'll never be able to change that. But as long as people are having a conversation, then the art has done its job."
Still, LL seemed to get a little defensive. "You can't fit 300 or 400 years of history into a 3- to 4-minute song. In no way would I ever compare the history of the confederate flag with a do-rag. However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin, and you think of some of the things that happened in society based on clothing, when you put it in its proper context, it makes sense."
He continued his efforts at clarification: "I would never, ever, ever suggest to anyone that we should just forget slavery and act like that didn't happen. I understand the systemic racism that exists - I get that - but if the playing field is unlevel and you feel it's unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage will help you make it up that hill a little easier."