You may have been surprised to see Bruno Mars treading heavily online over the weekend, but it wasn’t because of a new release. A great debate stretched across the Twitterverse on whether Bruno Mars gets away with the appropriation of black culture. Well, he may have found an ally and supporter in producer 9th Wonder who went on a Twitter rant to defend the “24K Magic” artist. In a thought-provoking and super relevant tweet, he compared the protection of black culture and music to the fictional, cultural phenomenon aka Disney-Marvel’s ‘Black Panther.’ “So…we have Vibranium and all of this wonderful technology and art… should we keep it in Wakanda? Or….” You know what, nice reference there. Wakanda forever! He went on to explain, ”So…the most powerful cultural element in the world…. black culture….some of y’all want it to be mainstreamed but not to influence…. you want it to be RECOGNIZED and BLASTED for everyone to see, but not thinking about its casualties?” The producer who is known for “Boom Beats” and old school sounding 90s hip-hop continues to make that type of music and believes that influence is different than appropriation. To read 9th Wonder’s full set of tweets and his breakdown of influence versus appropriation, check the article on Billboard.com. Do you feel that Bruno Mars is taking advantage of his racial ambiguity or has he paid enough homage and respect to the culture? Don’t sleep, stay woke and let’s break it down in the comments. For Billboard News, I’m Tetris Kelly.