One of the first female rap groups is claiming that Bruno Mars ripped off Uptown Funk from them. The group, The Sequence, claims Mars has ripped off their 1979 hit Funk You Up as inspiration for Uptown Funk. I don't have the greatest ears in the world, but to me it doesn't sound like a rip off. Could Mars have used it as "inspiration"? Sure. I suspect many writers may be inspired by other tracks. And yes Uptown Funk does sound like a 70s funk song. It's supposed to. The boys at TMZ dug deeper and have both songs posted so you can compare them and make your own decision! Check it out here.