Ozzy Osbourne blasted Kanye West on social media Friday, claiming the rapper used a recording of a Black Sabbath song without Osbourne's permission and against his wishes.
“Kanye West asked permission to sample a section of a live performance of 'War Pig' from 1983. [sic] of the Voiceless Us Festival and was refused permission because it is anti-Semitic and has caused untold grief to many people,” the singer wrote In capital letters. “He still used the sample at his album listening party last night. I want no association with this man!
West and Ty Dolla $ign hosted a listening party in Chicago for their new album, Vultures. Billboard reports that the duo, calling themselves ¥$, performed 12 songs at the event, including one called “Carnival.” The duo is hosting another listening event in Long Island, New York, on Friday evening.
Representatives for Osbourne and West did not immediately respond to rolling stones requests for comments.
Although footage from the event has not surfaced of West using “War Pigs” (a song Osbourne apparently did not perform at the Us Festival), the riff from Black Sabbath's “Iron Man,” which 'Osbourne performed at the festival, appearing in the previously unreleased song “Carnival”, without lyrics. The sample is audible at 1:45 of audio leak from trackand a video from the Chicago event includes the sample around 1:16 in this video.
West previously (and legally) sampled “Iron Man” on his 2010 song “A life of hell. »
“Iron Man” was one of three Black Sabbath songs Osbourne performed at the Us Festival in 1983, marking a new chapter for the musician as it was his first with guitarist Jake E. Lee. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak organized two American festivals, one in 1982 and one in 1983; the latter featured a “heavy metal day” with Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Judas Priest and others in addition to Osbourne, and attracted hundreds of thousands of fans. Six months later, Osbourne released his Bark at the moon album.
Over the past year, West has been repeatedly criticized for his repetition and promotion of anti-Semitic tropes, including a time in 2022 when he said he would embark on a “death scam 3” against the “Jewish people”. He eventually apologized on Instagram with a statement written in Hebrew, asking for forgiveness, but he nevertheless continued to adhere to anti-Semitic ideology, including wearing a T-shirt for Norwegian metal musician Burzumwho was fined for anti-Semitism, and who modeled some of the Vultures artwork in a way that evokes the Burzum cover.
Osbourne's wife and manager, Sharon, is of Jewish descent. “We were raised in a mostly Jewish family,” she said. The Jewish Chronicle last month. “My family, my father’s family, my aunt, my cousins, are all Jewish. And practicing Jews who practice and love their religion. So Judaism is the only religion I have and the only one I feel comfortable with.
Ozzy and Sharon sent West and his partner, Bianca Censori, last year in dress like them for Halloween.