Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist' (April 2013)
When Brad Paisley released Wheelhouse, "Accidental Racist" became the album cut heard round the world. Not since Cowboy Troy had a country act attempted to address the racial implications of cultural stereotypes and genres rubbing up against each other. Though Paisley had always done well with rock critics, he and his featured guest L.L. Cool J still expressed surprise at the intensity of the attention the song received from media outlets that seldom covered country. A hick-hop collab on the album that received far less attention? The sample-stocked "Outstanding in Our Field," the result of Kanye West and Jay Z producer Mike Dean reaching out to Paisley to collaborate on a track.