West played the sample at an album release party on Feb. 8, despite allegedly not receiving Osbourne’s permission to use the sample.
Rock star Ozzy Osbourne, former Black Sabbath frontman, says that he denied Kanye West permission to use a live recording of a live performance of the group’s song “Iron Man” played at the U.S. Festival in 1983. As The Hill reported, Osbourne claimed on Twitter/X that his denial of West’s request to sample the song was driven by the rapper’s history of antisemitic remarks.
Osbourne wrote, “KANYE WEST ASKED PERMISSION TO SAMPLE A SECTION OF A 1983 LIVE PERFORMANCE OF ‘IRON MAN’ FROM THE US FESTIVAL WITHOUT VOCALS & WAS REFUSED PERMISSION BECAUSE HE IS AN ANTISEMITE AND HAS CAUSED UNTOLD HEARTACHE TO MANY.” Osbourne made his point even clearer, writing, “HE WENT AHEAD AND USED THE SAMPLE ANYWAY AT HIS ALBUM LISTENING PARTY LAST NIGHT. I WANT NO ASSOCIATION WITH THIS MAN!”
Osbourne went on to send West a cease-and-desist order.
. @KANYEWEST ASKED PERMISSION TO SAMPLE A SECTION OF A 1983 LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “IRON MAN” FROM THE US FESTIVAL WITHOUT VOCALS & WAS REFUSED PERMISSION BECAUSE HE IS AN ANTISEMITE AND HAS CAUSED UNTOLD HEARTACHE TO MANY. HE WENT AHEAD AND USED THE SAMPLE ANYWAY AT HIS ALBUM…— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) February 9, 2024
West played the sample at an album release party on Feb. 8, despite allegedly not receiving Osbourne’s permission to use the sample. According to a report from Page Six, Sharon Osbourne, the wife of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, said that “Kanye f—ked with the wrong Jew this time” before adding that though Black Sabbath normally accepts requests for samples, that this instance carried reason for an exception, Sharon Osbourne claimed Black Sabbath had a “special f—king occasion to say no” to Ye.
West has had very public instances of antisemitism, which cost the rapper numerous partnerships, such as when Adidas halted production of his popular Yeezy line.
West’s history of antisemitic remarks also prompted controversial talk show host Bill Maher not to air an interview he recorded with Ye during an appearance on Maher’s podcast, citing the rapper’s history of antisemitism. According to Variety, Maher told TMZ, “The problem, I think, is that he appeals mostly — of course he’s a rock star — to young people. They don’t know much and they surely don’t know much about the Middle East or Jews. So the combination of Kanye out there — I feel like he was helpful for spreading the fertilizer, and I do mean fertilizer, for this idea that Israel and the Jews are the worst people in the world.”
Maher continued, saying, “We were here for two hours. By the way, we had an amazing, fun time,” Maher added. “He’s a very charming antisemite. And by the way, he’s not the only one in America who feels that way. It’s not like the Jews are universally loved except for Kanye West.”
Maher ended his comments by saying he refused to air the appearance because “He’s a very charming antisemite,” Maher also added, “I’m not going to contribute to this.”
“I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future.”
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Source: Black Enterprise