“This music comes from love and if you can’t hear that, I don’t know what to tell you,” he added.
Mars — who was born to a Filipino mom and a half Puerto-Rican, half
In 2018, author and activist Seren Sensei mentioned in a video clip that Mars “plays up his racial ambiguity to cross genres.”
“What Bruno Mars does, is he takes pre-existing work and he just completely, word-for-word recreates it, extrapolates it,” Sensei mentioned. “He does not create it, he does not improve upon it, he does not make it better.”
Interview host Charlamagne tha God pressed Mars on whether or not this criticism ever will get to him.
“It comes with the gig,” Mars mentioned. “There’s real merit to what people are saying about Black entertainers not getting their flowers.”
Mars shared that he wears his coronary heart on his sleeve and hopes different artists will take inspiration from his work the way in which he is taken inspiration from others.
“I hope that later on, down the road, there’s going to be a band that’s taking what we did and flipping that, and freaking that, and putting their own spin on it — because if they don’t, then what was the point of us doing this?”
CNN’s Deena Zaru contributed to this report.