According to Osbourne, West reached out and asked to sample a part of a 1983 live version of “Iron Man,” but was told no. However, at a recent listening party for West’s upcoming collaborative album Vultures, the rapper played a song of his that features a sample from that track.
Finding out about this, Osbourne shared the following comment on social media:
“@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!”
Now Sharon Osbourne, who is also Ozzy’s manager, has chimed in on the matter.
In a new chat with Billboard, she says, “We get so many requests for these songs, and when we saw that request, we just said no way.”
Regarding West’s unauthorized sampling of the “Iron Man” track, Osbourne says, “We’ve been in touch with his team,” adding, “And it’s also an issue of having respect for another artist.”
Osbourne goes on to repeat her husband’s recent words regarding how they don’t want to be associated with West, and shares her anger over how West promotes bigotry and hate. Among his various controversial and shocking stances, West has a history of sharing anti-Semitic and hateful beliefs, with such history being detailed by Rolling Stone and the Anti-Defamation League.
Per Osbourne: “But the simple thing is, we don’t want to be associated with a hater.” She continues, “To spread hate the way he does, it shouldn’t be allowed. All the excuses – he’s bipolar or whatever – doesn’t change that. It’s like, f— you, basically.”
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