After being accused of cultural appropriation and copying music by a YouTuber, Bruno Mars has been receiving a lot of support. Most recently, Charlie Wilson and 9th Wonder have decided to defend the singer and explain why his music genre is totally acceptable.
Singer Charlie Wilson took to social media to praise Bruno, saying he is a ‘genuine talent, pure and simple.’
He went on: ‘Bruno, with this album, helped bring back that classic New Jack /R&B sound to the masses when it was left for dead years ago and hard for artists to get that sound back in the mainstream. Bruno’s songs on this album are original and no different from any other artist pulling inspiration from genres before him.’
A famous hip-hop producer, 9th Wonder also jumped to Mars’ defense, tweeting: ‘How do we expect our culture to be accepted by the mainstream (in which half of Y’all do not even recognize brilliance in artists UNTIL it’s slammed in your face by the masses, and NOT influence the masses?’
‘Is it Bruno Mars’ fault he was influenced by Baby Face, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis…around the same time, from a hip-hop side, I too was influenced by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and The Beatminerz? This is a Sociology study on influence and exposure, not ‘Oh, Bruno wanna just copy us.’’
As you may be aware, the controversy started with Sensei Aishitemasu ranting about Bruno Mars, labeling him as a black culture appropriator on The Grapevine.
The YouTuber bashed the singer for ‘completely, word-for-word’ copying other songs, instead of being original.
‘White people love him because he is NOT black, period. The issue is: We want our black culture from non-black bodies. And Bruno Mars is like — bam, I will give it to you,’ she argued.