Bruno Mars‘ name has been dragged all on social media this past weekend as the 24K Magic singer has been accused of cultural appropriation and a vulture that profits off of black music, in particular New Jack Swing. Mars, in countless interviews has reminded people that he is aware of his influences and has name checked them everywhere he goes.
Despite these claims, many black singers are standing behind the “Chunky” singer, including Charlie Wilson.
“Bruno’s songs on this album are original and no different from any other artist pulling inspiration from genres before him,” the Gap Band legend wrote on Twitter. “Kudos to you Bruno for giving us the 24K Magic album and re-introducing the sound from one of the best musical eras I had the privilege of being a part of as well!”