Bruno Mars responds to cultural appropriation allegations during an interview with The Breakfast Club.
On Thursday night, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak released the first Silk Sonic single called “Leave The Door Open”, which has been getting immediate praise online. They also released the introductory track to their upcoming album, which features the legendary Bootsy Collins.
Throughout Bruno Mars’ career, there have been times where the artist faced accusations of being a cultural appropriator. The topic came up during his interview with The Breakfast Club.
“You can’t find an interview where I’m not talking about the entertainers that have come before me. The only reason why I’m here is because of James Brown, Prince, Michael, that’s the only reason why I’m here,” said Bruno Mars. “I’m growing up as a kid, watching Bobby Brown and saying, ‘well, 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. If you can’t hear that, then I don’t know what to tell you.”
He continued with more explanation with saying, “Then what was the point of us doing this?” he asked before explaining that, if a basketball player isn’t inspired by Michael Jordan and trying to mimic what he accomplished, then they’re missing an opportunity because “he showed you how to do it”.
He goes on to say that the criticism doesn’t anger him, writing it off as a part of his job and saying, “I understand, it’s just Twitter, man.”
Listen to the new Silk Sonic song above and watch the full episode of The Breakfast Club below.