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Black Celebrities Defend Bruno Mars After Cultural Appropriation Accusations

Last week, the subject of Bruno Mars’ race and musical choices, once again, became a hot topic throughout social media. Following singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello calling Mars’ style ‘karaoke,’ a clip from The Grapevine accusing the “24K Magic” singer of cultural appropriation went viral.

While some agreed with their assessment, most feel Mars has made a point to pay homage to his influences and has no intentions of being a “culture vulture.” Producer 9th Wonder came out in defense of the Grammy-winner.

“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?  This is a Sociology study on influence and exposure.”

North Carolina MC Rapsody also encouraged the Filipino and Puerto Rican popstar to keep making great music.

9th and Rapsody join Charlie Wilson, who sent words of encouragement Bruno last week.

Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.