Last week, the subject of Bruno Mars’ race and musical choices, once again, became a hot topic throughout social media. Following singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello calling Mars’ style ‘karaoke,’ a clip from The Grapevine accusing the “24K Magic” singer of cultural appropriation went viral.

While some agreed with their assessment, most feel Mars has made a point to pay homage to his influences and has no intentions of being a “culture vulture.” Producer 9th Wonder came out in defense of the Grammy-winner.

“Is it Bruno Mars fault that…he was influenced by BabyFace, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis…around the same time from a hip-hop side I was influenced by DJ Premier,  Pete Rock,  and The Beatminerz?  This is a Sociology study on influence and exposure.”

North Carolina MC Rapsody also encouraged the Filipino and Puerto Rican popstar to keep making great music.

9th and Rapsody join Charlie Wilson, who sent words of encouragement Bruno last week.