TOP
Just One Of The Guys: Bruno Mars (center, with microphone) performs with his band at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington on July 21.
Blog Entertainment News Latest Posts Music

Bruno Mars: I ‘Wouldn’t Be Here’ If Not For Black Artists

In an interview with Latina magazine, Bruno Mars pointed to the history of American music and praised black people for shaping the industry.

“When you say ‘black music,’ understand that you are talking about rock, jazz, R&B, reggae, funk, doo-wop, hip-hop, and Motown. Black people created it all. Being Puerto Rican, even salsa music stems back to the Motherland [Africa]. So, in my world, black music means everything,” he said.

Bruno-Mars-Interview-Latina-Magazine-2017

 

“It’s what gives America its swag. I’m a child raised in the ‘90s. Pop music was heavily rooted in R&B from Whitney, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Boyz II Men, Aaliyah, TLC, Babyface, New Edition, Michael, and so much more. As kids this is what was playing on MTV and the radio. This is what we were dancing to at school functions and BBQs. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these artists who inspired me. They have brought me so much joy and created the soundtrack to my life filled with memories that I’ll never forget,” he added.

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (Center) Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – FEBRUARY 07: (Center) Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

“Most importantly, they were the superstars that set the bar for me and showed me what it takes to sing a song that can get the whole world dancing, or give a performance that people will talk about forever. Watching them made me feel like I had to be as great as they were in order to even stand a chance in this music business. You gotta sing as if Jodeci is performing after you and dance as if Bobby Brown is coming up next.”

Mars has previously attributed 90s influencers and West Coast hip-hop for the sound of his latest album, “24K Magic.” And in his Latina interview, he said that 90s pop music was rooted in and influenced by R&B acts such as Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, TLC, and Aaliyah.

 

Comments

Briea Chanel

Meet Briea Chanel, the Editor-in-Chief of GirlMuch.com. She is also a tech savvy, online entrepreneur who develops digital assets.

«

»

Newsletter

TAKING THE LEAP INTO FULL TIME ENTREPRENEURSHIP!!

Follow Us On Instagram

  • Our COO-Contributor - @prophetamenra had the chance to re-connect with @djmillie at @complexcon ! We have a few features on the way of @djmillie coming soon!! #DJMillie #GirlMuchdotcom #ProphetAmenRa @ebonykiara @kenishampr @brieachanel
  • Our COO-Contributor - @prophetamenra got the chance to connect with the @goodmusic goddess herself - @teyanataylor at @complexcon ! We look forward to building with @teyanataylor on the @girlmuchdotcom platform ! #GirlMuchdotcom #TeyanaTaylor #ProphetAmenRa #GOODMusic @nikkitaylor1234
  • New feature alert 🚨- @prophetamenra just did a feature/review with his thoughts on one of his favorite records of 2017/2018 - “Bankrupt” by - @cubanndasavage & “Bankrupt” remix ft @lilyachty & @lilbaby_1 on @girlmuchdotcom . He also gave his thoughts and prespective on how the @nojumper interview went down with Cuban recently & @adam22 ! He highlighted - @leagueofstarz , @shirju , @pinkdolphinclothing , & @brainztem in the feature as well. Check it out, & let us know your thoughts 💭 - http://www.girlmuch.com/2018/11/18/cuban-doll-bankrupt-bankrupt-remix-review-no-jumper-interview-w-adam22/
#Bankrupt #ProphetAmenRa #CubanDoll #BankruptRemix #NoJumper #PinkDolphin #Adam22 #Shirju #BrainFam #LeagueofSoundz #Motown #Capitol #Girlmuchdotcom
  • Our COO-Contributor - @prophetamenra got the chance to connect with one of the hottest female Chicago artists- @younomii at the @wgci music summit ! We look forward to getting an exclusive with @younomii on the platform very soon! #WGCIMusicSummit #107.5 #GirlMuchDotCom #YouNomii #ProphetAmenRa #GirlMuchdotcom - @brieachanel , @kenishampr , @ebonykiara
  • Our COO-Contributor- @prophetamenra got the chance to connect with @kncbeauty founder & 1st lady of @rsvpgallery - @kristennoelcrawley at @complexcon ! We look forward to doing an exclusive with @kristennoelcrawley in the near future ! #GirlMuchdotcom #ProphetAmenRa #KNCBeauty #RSVPGallery #KristenNoelCrawley - @kenishampr , @brieachanel , & @ebonykiara
  • Our COO-Contributor- @prophetamenra got the chance to connect with @parkermckennaaa at @complexcon ! My wife and kids was a great 👍 show for the culture ! We look forward to doing an exclusive with @parkermckennaaa in the near future on @girlmuchdotcom ! #ParkerMckeenaPosey #ProphetAmenRa #GirlMuchdotcom - @brieachanel , @kenishampr , @ebonykiara
  • Our COO-Contributor - @prophetamenra got the chance to reconnect with Chicago’s Queen 👸 & best emcee - @dreezydreezy at @complexcon ! We always support @dreezydreezy here at @girlmuchdotcom ! Let’s get an exclusive going soon- @interscope . #Dreezy #Interscope #ProphetAmenRa #GirlMuchdotcom - @brieachanel - @kenishampr - @ebonykiara
  • Our COO-Contributor- @prophetamenra got the chance to re-connect with one of our @girlmuchdotcom favorites - @ashleycmeverett lead dancer for @beyonce at @complexcon ! We look forward to building and getting an exclusive with @ashleycmeverett in the near future ! #AshleyEverett #TeamBeyonce #ProphetAmenRa #GirlMuchdotcom - @kenishampr , @brieachanel , @ebonykiara @christieverett