The Bruno Mars cultural appropriation debate has been happening during the last a number of years with critics accusing the singer of utilizing his racial ambiguity to cross into genres which might be traditionally Black. The Grammy-winning artist addressed the claims throughout a current Breakfast Club interview alongside his Silk Sonic companion, Anderson .Paak.“People like to accuse you of being a cultural thief, which I discover fascinating as a result of you’re a particular person of coloration,” host Charlamagne the God mentioned to Bruno (21:50). “What would you say to these folks?”Bruno defined that he has all the time given credit score to the funk, R&B, and pop artists who got here earlier than him and insisted there was nothing however love behind his materials.“I might say: You can’t have a look at an interview, you possibly can’t discover an interview the place I’m not speaking in regards to the entertainers that’ve come earlier than me. And the one motive why I’m right here is due to James Brown, is due to Prince, Michael [Jackson]—that’s the one motive why I’m right here,” Bruno mentioned. “I’m rising up as a child, watching Bobby Brown [and] saying, ‘OK, if that’s what it takes to make it, then I’ve acquired to discover ways to do the operating man, I’ve acquired to discover ways to do the moon stroll.’ That’s it. And this music comes from love, and if you happen to can’t hear that, then I don’t know what to inform you.”He went on to say that he wears his inspiration on his sleeve and hopes future artists may also take cues from his work.“What is the purpose if us, as musicians, can’t study from the blokes that’ve come earlier than us? What did they do?” he mentioned, earlier than Charlamagne requested if the criticism made him upset. “… It comes with the gig. And there’s actual advantage to what individuals are saying about Black entertainers not getting their flowers, and I’m championing with that, I’m with that … I perceive, however it’s simply Twitter.”The sit-down came about simply hours after Bruno and .Paak launched “Leave the Door Open”—the primary monitor from their newly fashioned band Silk Sonic.Story continuesYou can try the complete interview above.Related ArticlesMore ComplexJoin the Complex Newsletter for breaking information, occasions, and distinctive tales.Follow Complex on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, TikTok