When Brad Paisley teamed up with LL Cool J to make a song about racism, titled, appropriately, “Accidental Racist,” he knew it was going to cause a stir, but, he swears, “It’s not a stunt.”

“I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “It was really obvious to me that we still have issues as a nation with [race]. … And I think the younger generations are really kind of looking for ways out of this.”