Bruno Mars has had an incredibly successful career as a pop star and songwriter. However, some have accused the singer of profiting from other cultures.
In 2010, Bruno Mars made a lasting impression with his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Since then, the artist has continued to combine pop genres to achieve success with numerous hits. Despite ongoing acclaim for their music, Mars has also been accused of culturally appropriating to continue their chart-topping body of work.
The musician has remained largely silent on the issue of cultural appropriation, but while on The Breakfast Club radio show with Anderson Paak he explained his position on the matter. It seems that the singer simply wears his influences on his sleeve.
You can catch up on the show below.
Breakfast Club host Charlamagne the God went through several questions with the musicians before asking Mars, ‘People love to accuse you of being a cultural thief, which I find interesting because you are a person of colour. What would you say to those people?’
In response, Mars stated, ‘I would say, you can’t look at an interview, you can’t find an interview where I’m not talking about entertainers that’ve come before me. And, the only reason why I’m here is because of James Brown, is because of Prince, Michael [Jackson], that’s the only reason I’m here.’
The singer went on to clarify, ‘I’m growing up as a kid, watching Bobby Brown, saying ‘Okay, if that’s what it takes to make it, then I’ve got to learn how to do the running man, I’ve got to learn how to do the moon walk.’ That’s it. And this music comes from love, and if you can’t hear that, then I don’t know what to tell you.’
Mars went on to explain that he understands that cultural appropriation is an issue, particularly when black artists are not given the credit they deserve. The musician claimed that they fully support giving artists the credit that they deserve. Equally, the singer noted that artists should be able to take inspiration from others and compared it to basketball players wanting to be like Michael Jordan when they first start out.
Speaking about the issue, Mars concluded, ‘It comes with the gig. And there’s real merit to what people are saying about Black entertainers not getting their flowers, and I’m championing with that, I’m with that. I understand, but it’s just Twitter.’
With this statement in mind, it seems that Mars isn’t too worried about the criticism of his music. After all, the artist has created multi-platinum albums and singles consistently for the last decade despite the comments.
After this discussion, the radio show returned its focus to Mars and Anderson Paak’s collaborative album under the name Silk Sonic. Many will be keen to see if the new record can provide more earworms that use the vocal talents of Anderson Paak to add a new twist.
Silk Sonic is expected to release its debut album An Evening with Silk Sonic in the future.
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