Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne slam Kanye West sampling of Black Sabbath, send cease-and-desist

Evan Rosen, New York Daily News on

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The Osbournes are furious over Kanye West sampling a Black Sabbath song on his new album, with Ozzy claiming he expressly refused permission for the rapper to do so.

“@kanyewest 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 antisemite and has caused untold heartache to many,” Ozzy wrote on X Friday afternoon.

“He went ahead and used the sample anyway at his album listening party last night,” the 75-year-old continued. “I want no association with this man!”

The former rock star’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, who was raised Jewish, told TMZ on Friday that “Kanye f—ed with the wrong Jew this time,” adding that she and Ozzy had already sent a cease-and-desist order to Ye.

Sharon, 71, reportedly told the outlet that a representative from Kanye’s team reached out about three weeks ago asking permission to sample the Black Sabbath song, and was met with an “absolutely not” from her husband.

She added that Ye, who’s had a fall from grace over the last few years because of his frequent antisemitic remarks and praising of Hitler, now “represents hate.” She went on to call him “dangerous” and a “pig.”


The Osbournes’ sentiments come despite West 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.

Meanwhile, after Ozzy’s tirade on social media, some users were quick to point out that he himself once cited Hitler as an influence.

During a 1982 interview on the TV series “Night Flight,” Ozzy 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.”

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