Osbournes spitting over Kanye’s Black Sabbath sample
Ozzy Osbourne says Ye (pictured) sampled the Black Sabbath song Iron Man without permission. Photo: AAP
The Osbournes are furious after Kanye West, now known as Ye, sampled a Black Sabbath song on his new album, with Ozzy claiming he expressly refused permission for the rapper to do so.
“Kanye West asked permission to sample a section of a 1983 live performance of Iron Man from the US festival without vocals and was refused permission because he is an anti-Semite and has caused untold heartache to many,” Ozzy wrote on social media platform X on Friday.
“He went ahead and used the sample anyway at his album listening party last night.
“I want no association with this man.”
The 75-year-old rock star’s wife Sharon Osbourne, who was raised Jewish, told entertainment news site TMZ on Friday “Kanye f***ed with the wrong Jew this time”, adding that she and her husband had sent Ye a cease-and-desist order.
Sharon, 71, told the outlet a representative from Ye’s team reached out in January asking permission to sample the Black Sabbath song and was met with an “absolutely not” from her husband.
She said Ye, who has had a fall from grace in the past few years because of his frequent anti-Semitic remarks and praise of Hitler, now “represents hate”.
She went on to call him “dangerous” and a “pig”.
The Osbournes’ sentiments come despite Ye publicly issuing an apology to the Jewish community in December.
“It was not my intention to offend or demean, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused,” the rapper said in an Instagram post written in Hebrew which has since been deleted.
Some social media users were quick to point out that Osbourne himself once cited Hitler as an influence.
During a 1982 interview on the TV series Night Flight, Osbourne acknowledged that what the Nazi leader did was bad, but said “Adolf Hitler had a charisma, in a bad way, and I kind of admired him”.