Don’t Expect ‘Leave the Door Open’ to Save Black Music

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s first Silk Sonic single is a dope soul throwback, but it’s not a savior

Bruno Mars of Silk Sonic performs during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast on March 14, 2021. Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

.Paak may not know what delta blues music sounds like, but he knows enough to know such a thing exists. And Mars drops more old school R&B/soul artists’ names than a Newport-smoking, fresh-out-of-jail uncle at a cookout. Is it really stealing when you name your muses aloud?

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