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Ozzy Osbourne Slams Kanye West After The Rapper Used An Unauthorized “War Pigs” Sample On His Upcoming New Album (Updated)


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Update: February 10th, 2024 09:44am:

Osbourne clarified in a follow-up statement that it was actually a live performance of “Iron Man” used on the track.

“@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 LISTENING PARTY LAST NIGHT. I WANT NO ASSOCIATION WITH THIS MAN!”

Original Story:

Ozzy Osbourne has spoken out against multi-platinum rapper Kanye West‘s decision to use an unauthorized sample of a 1983 live performance of the Black Sabbath classic “War Pigs“. West, who has become an increasingly divisive figure amid frequent accusations of antisemitism and more, held an in-person listening party event for his new album “Vultures” at the United Center in Chicago, IL last night, February 08th.

Amid that event a song was played featuring a sample from the aforementioned Sabbath track. Osbourne took to social media today to slam West for the move, clarifying that he never cleared the sample, while also making known his personal opinion on West as well. The 75-year-old heavy metal star commented:

“KANYE WEST ASKED PERMISSION TO SAMPLE A SECTCTION OF A 1983 LIVE PERFORMANCE OF “WAR PIG” 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 LISTENING PARTY LAST NIGHT. I WANT NO ASSOCIATION WITH THIS MAN!”

Vultures“, a collaborative affair with Ty Dolla $ign, has made its way into the metal world lately due to cover art comparisons being made to that of Burzum‘s “Filosofem“. Burzum remain one of the most notorious black metal bands to ever emerge, with mastermind Varg Vikernes having been accused and convicted of racism and hate speech in the past, outside of his various crimes. Recent months found West sporting a Burzum shirt.

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