On Wednesday's "The Cycle," Touré made his hatred for the song known. "I'm not giving out any good grades for the effort. It's a horrible song. And moving aside from the aesthetics ... the message is extraordinarily problematic," he said. Touré criticized Paisley for his desire to wear a Confederate flag. "You can't just re-appropriate the symbol as you wish," Touré said.
The MSNBC host seemed even more outraged with LL Cool J, saying that he was "extraordinarily disappointed" in the rapper. He took particular issue with LL Cool J's line in the song, "If you forget the gold chains, I'll forget the iron chains." Touré's voice continued to raise as he said, "If you don't judge me because I'm wearing a chain, I'll forget about slavery, which continues to have an impact on this country?! ... No! I'm not going to forget, and I don't want to talk about it every day ... but I'm not going to forget it. Like, what are you talking about?!"
He added, "LL Cool J taking the 'forget the slavery' mentality? What are you talking about?! Mama should knock you out!"