9th Wonder Supports Bruno Mars in 'Cultural Appropriation' Debate

Bruno Mars was accused of cultural appropriation. Charlie Wilson, among others, defended him.

Bruno Mars was accused of cultural appropriation. Charlie Wilson, among others, defended him.

This has reignited the debate over the racial ambiguity of Bruno Mars.

"What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it", she added.

During an episode of YouTube's "The Grapevine", a panelist and writer named Sensei Aishitemasu argued that Mars creates and performs music that culturally appropriates black culture. Or that when he sings he needs to somehow whiten ... up and sound more like Rod Stewart.

The 43-year-old went on to explain the difference between appropriation and influence, "Influence.INFLUENCE.for all the kids that grew up with me in the era of post-segregation, for every 40-year-old White, Puerto Rican, Asian, and any other ethnicity you can think of.to know about all the same music from Das Efx, To New Edition, To Guns and Roses", he wrote.

Since then, Mars has incorporated R&B, funk, new jack swing and more into his music, racking up two Super Bowl appearances and 10 Grammy awards along the way.

The brouhaha started over the weekend with the publication of a video rant in which a black writer and activist accused Mars of ripping off the cultural heritage of black musicians. "Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland", meaning Africa, Mars told Latina magazine last February. "It's what gives America its swag".

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for these artists who inspired me", he said.

"Keep making that funky ish, @BrunoMars!".

"So is it Bruno Mars fault that.he was influenced by BabyFace, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.around the same time from a hip-hop side I was influenced by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, and The Beatminerz?".

Bruno Mars came under attack by YouTuber and activist Seren Sensei, who in a clip for The Grapevine, said it is unfair that the 10-time Grammy Award victor is credited with recreating black art. Although he has collaborated with many black artists such as B.o.B and Cee Lo Green and paid homage to Prince and most recently the black sketch-comedy show In Living Color, he is indeed not African-American.

"Bruno Mars makes phenomenal music".

"I definitely feel like there's a struggle being a white rapper".

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